Varram Systems advertises its Appbot Riley as a watchbot for your home, so you can check out the premises while you're at the office or off on vacation. It's such a cute little bot, though, that it would be a shame just to use him to watch for burglars in a lonely, deserted house. So you can also use Riley to check up on infants or chase after your pets so that you can make sure they're okay. He comes with night vision, so he can let you see what's going on even when the lights are out; a motion detector, so he can alert you to unexpected guests when your home is supposed to be unoccupied; and a security camera that will transmit high-definition video and audio to your computer or mobile device, letting you know if anything's mysteriously out of place in the bedroom or if a nest of cockroaches has moved in under the refrigerator. Better still, Riley has two-way audio, so you can talk to your kids (or dog) while you're out shopping..
Riley was born on the crowdfunding site IndieGogo, where he raised more than three times the amount that his inventors were asking for, so obviously there's an eager market for this bot. It's not hard to see why. He's both adorable and useful, a cute little avatar that can be with your family when you can't. He's only a few inches tall with a simple camera for a face and races along on sleek tractor treads that seem to work equally well on hardwood, tile, carpet and grass (if you want to send Riley outdoors to say hello to the neighbors, though be careful that your neighbors don't find Riley so cute that they decide not to give him back).
Online reviewers have mixed feelings about this bot, with most liking him. But there are concerns about the stability of his WiFi connection, a vital component in the information chain that keeps you connected to your home. For an even cuter but potentially more reliable telepresence bot, look at the Sanbot Nano or Romo Robotic Pet. For something more conventional, see the Double Robotics Double 2.
The motion detection works but only close range. I have a 10mb/s internet speed and the quality is great and very little delay.
Packed with a lot tech from night vision and intercom communications, to auto docking and camera use while charging. Very intelligent design, easy to use, and well built.
Camera doesn't automatically shift from "day" to "night" based upon light levels...resolution at night is not good enough to make out faces from a distance.
The bot has very rich functions...But it is forcing you to use the cloud for controlling. And there are very high security flaws including risks to your home network.
I like the navigation capabilities, the ability to go over different terrain...I wish the battery lasted longer and it auto docked when low.
Riley works as described both in and out of the home...Best part is that he self docks with a touch of a button in the app. Having a lot of fun!