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iRobot previews ConnectR telepresence unit

iRobot previews ConnectR telepresence unit

IRobot released their new Looj gutter-cleaning robot ($99) today and showed off their forthcoming ConnectR, a telepresence bot built on (literally) the success of the Roomba line of bots. The ConnectR has the same basic form-factor as Roomba with a webcam mounted on it. It can be controlled over the Web and offers remote audio and video for what iRobot has dubbed “virtual visiting.” Can’t wait to how this one gets hacked up. First order of business might be extending that camera on a stalk. Somehow, I don’t see granny and gramps getting down on the rug for your once a month “virtual visits.”

The ConnectR will be released next year and retail for $499. The company is taking candidates for a beta-test program now which’ll allow you to get the bot for $199.

iRobot ConnectR Virtual Visiting Robot – [via] Link


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8 thoughts on “iRobot previews ConnectR telepresence unit

  1. earthrobot says:

    I wonder if that smaller, dark, circular area beneath the webcam is an infrared emitter/receiver. If so, maybe the ConnectR can go around communicating with or turning on/off devices? This would be a nice way to enhance one’s telepresence.

  2. garethb2 says:

    I’m pretty sure you’re right that it’s an IR window. The unit does use a local remote control. But, if IR control over the Web is not an included feature, it might be addable.

  3. earthrobot says:

    And what is that smaller circle above the webcam’s optics?

  4. Anonymous says:

    “And what is that smaller circle above the webcam’s optics?”

    Could be an LED to indicate the camera is on. They listed mute for audio and video and a pin code to log on as security features.

    “I don’t see granny and gramps getting down on the rug”
    The intended use it for the bot to be on the floor with the kids/pets. With the visitors controlling over the web. Too bad the connection software is windows only.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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