iRobot will use Android tablets to power service robots

iRobot will use Android tablets to power service robots
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.

source: CNET

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11 Comments

1. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

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

2. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

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...

3. vantenkiest

Posts: 316; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

its the same maker of the little circle robot irobot.

4. vantenkiest

Posts: 316; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

that and will smith was pretty good in the movie LMAO

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

iRobot makes the roomba. It has nothing to do with Apple. So it's a OK for an android tablet to power it.

7. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

ya my bad... didnt realize this WAS the vacum company... haha but doesnt it seem funny they wud use a xoom and not just make their own tablet?

8. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

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.

11. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

i doubt apple made a deal at all... they actually have people to buy their tablets... nahhh i think this is just a way for motorola to get rid of all the xooms cluttering their shelves...

6. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

"We're tablet-agnostic...Right now, Android has what we need,"

9. BarrytheSneak unregistered

One step closer to the HumancentiPad?

10. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Speaking of which...looks like he's trying to emulate (blow)Jobs with his outfit, minus a turtleneck.

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