There has always been an argument over whether the iPad was a truly mobile device; well the folks from Double Robotics have certainly put an end to that particular debate. Say hello to the Double teleconferencing robot, it aims to take teleconferencing to a whole new level. Its main feature is the fact that it is a mobile teleconferencing system that is controllable from one iPad while a second iPad sits on top and becomes the systems eyes and ears. It then portrays images and sound as if you are there in person. It could be used for virtual museum tours, advertising and even visiting the in-laws without actually having to be there.
Double is the simplest, most elegant way to be somewhere else in the world without flying there. The minimalist design and intuitive touchscreen controls allow you to freely move around without inconveniencing others. You can stay at eye level, whether sitting or standing, by adjusting your height remotely, which makes conversations fluid and real. Retractable kickstands will automatically deploy to conserve power when you are not moving around. Efficient motors and lightweight design give Double the ability to last all day without recharging the battery.
Modern teleconferencing would be perfect if every important conversation happened in the conference room. Double allows you to move around and join people in any location, so you can participate in the conversations that happen in the lunch room or at the water fountain. Because Double simply improves upon existing teleconferencing, you can use it in all the same places as those old systems too.
The Double will set you back around $2499 when it becomes available at the end of this year. If you are prepared to pre-order you can get a piece of the action for just $1999.00. When you consider what you are getting, the price really isn’t that bad. Batteries are included in this particular robot but what you do need to remember is that iPads aren’t.
Could you see a usage case for the Double? Can you see these types of robotic teleconferencing systems taking off in Schools, Museums etc?