Team at Roambotics wins Cool Idea! Award for observant robot designed
for the masses.
Jr., from Roambotics, is a freestanding wheel that moves independently to capture high-quality video and still images. (Photo: Business Wire)
Jr. is a freestanding wheel that moves independently through a home or workplace environment while audio sensors and four onboard cameras capture high-quality video and still images. Its initial capabilities — which include nearly 360 degrees of vision — will focus on security. If an intruder enters a home, for example, a Roambot can send a text or email notification to the homeowner alerting them of a break-in. "Our primary advantage over existing security systems is that there is no invasive installation, our software uses machine learning to get smarter over time, and the device does not remain in a static, predictable position," says Roambotics CEO and co-founder
The first wave of roambots will be Wi-Fi- and Bluetooth-enabled with an optional cellular data plan that users can purchase. Connectivity allows all of the data gathered by Jr. to stream through the cloud directly to the Roambotics network and smartphone app. Content can then be securely pushed to or pulled by users.
“Our goal is to make a personal robot that is an integrated part of your household,” says Menor. "We want Jr. to look and feel robust — like an appliance that belongs in your home — and to be intuitive and useful." As the Roambotics continues to develop Jr., new abilities will be integrated such as three-dimensional mapping of spaces, capturing spontaneous moments at social gatherings and health care monitoring of senior citizens.
"The robotics market is dominated by expensive, special-purpose, industrial robots, and inexpensive toys," explains Menor. Jr. is the first step towards Roambotics’ long-term objective of designing an affordable human-scale personal robot.
“We were attracted by the friendly, non-threatening unicycle form factor of the Roambotics Jr.,” says Proto Labs’ founder,
Launched in 2011, the Proto Labs Cool Idea! Award gives a total of
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