Anybots, a company that makes telepresence robots, announced that it is taking pre-orders for Anybots QB -- a professional-quality Mobile Avatar Robot.
According to company sources, this telepresence avatar allows users to be present in two locations simultaneously via a simple Web interface. The first 100 Anybots pre-ordered will form part of the ‘100 Club.” In addition, owners will have access to the first 100 Anybots’ serial numbers and be invited to a reception at Anybots headquarters.
The first 100 owners of Anybots will Get VIP Anybots test drives for themselves and five friends besides having access to on-going perks as Anybots rolls out additional products and services and also receive their Anybots starting in November 2010 in the order they were reserved.
In a release, Trevor Blackwell, founder and CEO, Anybots, said, “Anyone who has ever wished they could be two places at once will appreciate the Anybots avatar experience. Turning the headache of a busy travel schedule into a one-click commute will change the way work and collaboration happens. The Anybots team and our early beta customers have all found teleporting into a location to be such a convenient and enjoyable experience.”
Anybots helps even CEOs to be not present in person in office. Using a laptop with headset and Anybot they can be away from office as long as they like but take all official decisions through their avatar, said company sources.
Receptionists need not be present in office to carry out their duties. They can simply teleport into an Anybot avatar to greet company visitors and manage office activities from the comfort of their home. The “virtual receptionist” will provide a friendly atmosphere to those who enter any office. This also saves time, money and the busy morning commute stresses for workers.
The features of Anybots include high quality audio and clear, stabilized-video for a great interactive experience. It runs on two wheels at 3.5 mph to keep up with groups of people and they are safe as its two wheel drive prevents it from damaging walls or other objects, said company sources.
Collision avoidance technology guides the Anybot around obstacles, such as doors and it can be easily pushed as it weighs only 35 pounds. It can be pushed, carried or adjusted to fit in a car seat. It also has a professional and friendly appearance so people pay attention. It does not need any expensive installation, just Wi-Fi and a computer, besides it can stand in a corner when idle and charge and it can also be shared among several company users at a time.
Other features include eight hours of battery life, support for 802.11g Wi-Fi, Mac-ready for beta testing and will be PC-ready at ship date. It incorporates a five megapixel high-resolution video camera and cruises at 3.5 mph normal speed. Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for SDNzone. To read more of Shamila’s articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Marisa Torrieri