Company’s Segway-like stand turns iPads into robots

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 16:16 EDT
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Double Robotics' "The Double," a small Segway-like device that turns an ordinary iPad into a telepresence robot. Photo: Screenshot via Vimeo.
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The iPad is about to become a two-way video chat telepresence robot, thanks to a company called Double Robotics.

Video of what’s being called “the Double” shows an iPad placed atop a tiny Segway-like device on two wheels, with a user controlling the robot’s movement through physical space. Touch-screen controls should enable users to manuever through tight hallways and offices, and even adjust the height of the camera-equipped display.

The application that comes packed in with the device supports multiple Doubles in different locations, in theory enabling business or project managers to keep track of workers or conference with colleagues from afar. The company says it works on iOS devices and through a web-based interface, making just about any Internet-connected device with a webcam a possible broadcast station.

The Double is currently available for the pre-order price of just $1,999 — a big savings over its competition in the mobile telepresence sub-industry. The company says it should be available at retail in December for $2,499.

This video was published to Vimeo by Double Robotics.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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