Telepresence weddings are no longer just a symbol of geek cred, as normal couples around the world are using the Internet to get hitched
A student's allergies keep him at home, but he attends school remotely with help from a robot.
What if instead of waiting ten years for a telepresence device so weird it'll scare your pet to death, you could simply mix an iPad with a Segway and start traveling virtually right now? Stop wondering, because that's exactly what a robot called Double promises.
This little telepresence robot is going to be hard to resist. It connects you with friends or co-workers via your smartphone. It's got three wheels and it allows remote users to control it via Skype to propel it around. Plus, it's small enough to fit in your computer bag. What's not to like?
When it comes to robotics, the line between cute and creepy is a thin one. Somehow, Japan's new MH-2 telepresence robot manages to be a little bit of both.
The reason 3D sucks is that it's usually not 3D. It's 2D, plus a token smidge of depth. True 3D is something that you can walk entirely around and seamlessly view from all sides, which is what you'll find in this life-sized telepod that can project an entire person straight into your living room.
There's been a renewed interest in videoconferencing recently as it offers a cheaper alternative to travel. But, it sucks. A lot. Talking to people over a computer isn't like talking to people in person. Getting yourself a robot is one way to go, but NTT is working on a solution with giant swiveling transparent screens.
Today's telepresence tech does a good job with the tele and a poorer one with the presence. To improve the latter, here's a robotic hand that can mimic the texture, grip and even warmth of a human appendage. It's, uh, just for handshakes. Like a hand shaking another hand. And. Nothing. Else.
The indie creators populating Kickstarter come up with some clever ideas, but every now and then, someone comes up with a total home run. The Galileo pan and tilt accessory for iOS devices is hands down one of the coolest iPhone add-ons we've ever seen.
We are definitely getting our commercially viable telepresence robots in the near future, but the good news is that they won't have to be creepy looking drones, we'll actually be able to put a human face on these things.