Anybots releases QB telepresence robot

Tuesday, February 1 2011

For the last few decades, technology has been racing along at a breakneck pace, and it shows no signs of slowing down. Just 20 years ago, cell phones were virtually unheard of - now we not only call on the go, we video conference, too. And now we might do it with robots.

Robotics company Anybots has finally released its long-awaited telepresence robot, a Segway-like contraption with a round "head" - featuring a webcam that shows the robot's controller's face - and wheels that retails for approximately $15,000. The business robot, named QB, officially went on sale today, and the first orders will be arriving on doorsteps in March. Those who pre-ordered a QB could start receiving their robots as early as this week.

The robot is billed as the first professional-quality telepresence robot to allow users to work remotely through a simple web interface. It features wireless roaming, two-way streaming video conferencing technology and high-definition zoom, all mounted on a thin pole to allow the bot to maneuver through tight spaces.

The bot is five feet tall, weighs 35 pounds and is controlled via a computer.