$30,000 will buy a high end life-sized video conferencing system on wheels, giving users a feeling of tele-presence. It sports two 5 Mpixels eyes, full voice telephony to speak and hear and a laser pointer as a finger.
Users can control the sleek five-foot, 35 pound robot remotely from any web browser using nothing more than a mouse. The Wi-Fi-based system aims to let remote users amble around offices that could be across town or across the globe, interacting with fellow employees.
Rovio, by WowWee, has a WiFi enabled mobile webcam that can see, speak and hear from anywhere in the world. This $300 system (Walmart and other places)was covered in the interview this site had with Faysal Sohail, managing partner of the funding venture capital firm CMEA. A separate roving robot with monitor would not be that much more expensive. Seems like it should be possible to upgrade the Rovio to about $1000 and get most of the features of the Anybots QA.
User hacked his Rovio to Add Better Lighting
Rovio Tech Specs
Rechargeable NiMH battery pack included
1 x charging dock with built-in TrueTrack beacon
3 x wheel motors
3 x omni-directional wheels
1 x camera motor
1 x VGA CMOS sensor
1 x speaker
1 x built-in microphone
WiFi connectivity (802.11b and 802.11g)
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