Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009 | 3:27 p.m.
Ever wanted to be in two places at once? If so, then you may be interested in the new Anybots QA teleconferencing robot. The new sleek robot is designed to virtually let users roam around and converse with others in a different location by videoconferencing. The robot can be controlled over a wireless Internet connection to allow one person to virtually roam around a location anywhere else in the world.
Equipped with 'Segway'-style gyroscopically, stabilized wheels for feet, the robot is able to balance itself on two wheels and seem almost human. The robot is also benefited by laser guidance for obstacle detection. Interaction with the robot is achieved by live video and audio between the controller and the robot. The chest of the robot is an LCD display that can be used to display video, photos and more. The robot can bend down and nod its head up and down to give its on-board camera different angles.
At a cost of $30,000, the teleconferencing robot may be a little out of reach for most consumers. Anybots is currently seeking to produce the robot in large quantities which would significantly lower the cost and make it available to more people.