The long-gestating Anybots telepresence robot finally started shipping this month, and now we can see it out and about in the wild--"the wild" in this case referring to a coffeeshop in Palo Alto, California.
Anybots, which we previewed in a very different form more than a year ago, has evolved into a stick-thin telepresence system on wheels, looking something like an anemic Segway with a head. That head consists of two cameras (the "eyes") and a fedora-looking top piece that houses a video screen. It enables the user to sit in presumably slouched comfort on a couch while using software to control the robot. The user can issue commands by simply speaking, as this user does while trying to secure some scones.
The robot itself isn't really designed for shopping trips, as you can see by its lack of arms and ability to carry only very small loads (like, say, a breakfast pastry)--this one in particular is forced to use a hobo-like bindle. It also doesn't have any kind of e-commerce system like NFC, which would allow it to forgo the awkward, ambiance-killing need to tuck cash (cash! What year is this?) in its helmet for payment. Still, this is a whole new world for incredibly lazy people as well as legitimate teleconferencers, especially now that it's scone-compatible.
the future really is becoming now! pretty cool - and soon will be the day when the lines are all mixed with robots
haha I love it, i want to make my own, dosent look too complicated, thats really great but id like to know where the guy was at when he was controlling it.
I do think this is cool. BUT if this thing was in front of me in line I would move that thing out of the way. When the person on the end complains. I have this to say "get your FAT @$$ out of bed and wait in line your self!!!! you lazy piece of $hit." Then I PRAY to god that they are not paralyzed war veteran with no legs stuck in bed for life. but chances are its the fat f%%% playing World of War craft.
Didn't I see this on an episode of Big Bang Theory?
@ Inaka Rob
No need to spend the $$$, you could build one for a couple hundred. Just use a WiFi enabled controller and a webcam.
thats it Im ripping my roomba apart when I get home I'll have it fechen budlight in no time