If you’re a telecommuter, then there’s probably been a time or two when you wished you could physically go around the office and talk to people directly. If you’ve ever wanted to be in two places at once, then you’ll be interested to know that there’s this new robot that allows you to do just that.
The Double is being manufactured by Double Robotics which has dubbed the robot “the ultimate tool for telecommuting.” The firm calls this method of communication double telepresence. It allows you to be “physically” present in a certain place even if you’re not there. The technology is quite simple: it’s essentially a wheeled stand (it looks like a Segway) that holds an iPad, which you can drive remotely. Voila! You can now remotely roam around your office.
The Nuts and Bolts
The robot can be controlled from anywhere using a computer. If you will be using an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, it is required that your device be loaded with iOS 7. The Double works with an accompanying app that lets you manoeuvre it and you can download it from the AppStore or Google Play.
When you purchase the Double, apart from the robot’s main body, you will receive a wide angle lens to be attached to the iPad. Optional accessories include a charging dock and an audio kit with an amplified speaker and a directional microphone. The Double’s rechargeable battery pack can last up to 8-10 hours on a full charge and charging takes about two hours.
The main body is a very stable self-balancing wheel with an extending pole on which you attach your iPad. It has an adjustable height of up to 60″ (150 cm) when standing and 47″ (119 cm) when sitting and also has kickstands that let you anchor the Double when you need it to stay put. As for security, the Double’s audio and video is protected with end-to-end encryption.
At the moment, Double has a retail price of $2,499 – this comes with the robot’s driver apps, an ongoing subscription that allows for unlimited calling, an AC Adapter and one year warranty.
If you would like to know more about the “Double,” you can visit their website at www.doublerobotics.com.