While still not the T-1000 from Terminator or even Ava from Ex Machina, robots are becoming increasingly able to perform human functions. Outcasts are the pool-guy, the housekeeper and the gardener as autonomous bots clean the pool, mow the lawn and vacuum, mop and wash windows. But these are reactive bots, responding to pre-programmed commands, adaptive in their focus but still narrow in their scope – the robovac isn’t cleaning the pool and the mowbot doesn’t do windows. With telepresence robots or Remote Presence Devices, there is adaptive capacity but also actual human interface.
The Romo Robotic Pet is a rolling platform specifically designed for iPhone 4 and 5 that can learn and teach with kids in mind. The opposite end of the dimensional spectrum, the Rbot Synergy Swan, is a larger and quite elegant telepresence bot that, like the Romo, offers facial recognition among its talents.
Rolling in on 3 wheels of sleek, giraffe-like grace, the Inbot Technology Padbot v.2 allows one to be in 2 places at once, even if they’re nowhere at all. Auto-Activate turns on the bot remotely so it can roll about, keeping a lens on things. 2 drive wheels and a front caster provide it tight maneuverability while collision prevention and anti-falling systems keep it from snapping its pretty little neck. iOS or Android compatible with Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, the Padbot V2 operates with a Smartphone or tablet. Remote connectivity is through 4G WiFi incorporated into the package. The Padbot v.2 has a head that tilts, plus or minus 30 degrees. An attachable lens placed over the tablet or Smartphone eye enhances the remote field of view. Boasting a 10-hour run time, it also demands 6 hours to charge. A USB connector for phone or tablet to the Padbot’s power source keeps the mobile devices juiced as well. While awaiting commands, the Padbot v.2 hangs in its docking port for rest and rejuvenation.
The PadBot's Auto-Activate feature allows you to activate the PadBot remotely; thereby eliminating the need for human intervention at the robot's location.
It has been upgraded and includes some unique features in addition to its tilting and rising 'head'. its collision-prevention and anti-falling system.
The PadBot weighs about 20 lbs. and stands at almost 3' (90 cm), a comfortable height to engage with whether seated or standing.
The PadBot communicates with the remote user through WiFi and 4G connectivity; which is built-in. It can be controlled only by smart phone or tablet at this time.