iRobot will use Android tablets to power service robots
posted by Ken N. / May 10, 2011, 8:10 PM
When we think of robots, we tend to think about the two major types: high-end robots and vacuum cleaners. Some examples of high-end robots include bomb disposal units, and radiation detecting robots. But iRobot CEO Colin Angle hopes to create a market for mid-range service robots.
And what's better than a robot serving as your daily helper? That robot, named AVA, will be powered by Android tablets! The Android tablet, a Motorola XOOM in this case, will serve as the processing and sensory core, while the iRobot machinery underneath will provide the mobility and physical functions.
Angle explains how the tablet and AVA came together: "We in the robot industry realized this is a fantastic head for a robot...what was missing was the body." With the front-facing camera, microphone, speakers, and accelerometer, the XOOM requires only the body and the programming.
Some keen readers might remember that AVA was initially demonstrated with an iPad at CES. Angle explains that the change was made for features like voice and video chat. "We're tablet-agnostic...Right now, Android has what we need," explains Angle.
iRobot's hope is to sell AVA to developers this year, and enter businesses next year. And once the price comes down, AVA can enter homes, and provide everything from domestic assistance to virtual doctors' visits.
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This is so awesome, how much does anyone want to bet Apple will come back with lawsuit over using the lowercase "i" in front name. lol
posted on May 10, 2011, 8:37 PM 1
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its kinda ridiculous of them to use i and android... and anyways isnt there a little vaccum cleaner called irobot? thats where the lawsuit is...
posted on May 10, 2011, 8:49 PM 1
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More cost effective to strike a deal with a company making an existing, awesome tablet, which was probably bringing a better deal to the table than Apple (an example of Apple's offers being "Bend over and we'll take it from here."), than to spend the time, money and resources needed to develop the tablet themselves.
posted on May 11, 2011, 1:33 AM 1
One step closer to the HumancentiPad?
posted on May 11, 2011, 8:45 AM 1
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