Telepresence – the Next Big Thing After Roomba?

Grishin Robotics invests USD250,000 in Double Robotics, an interesting telepresence robot company that uses the iPad as an interface. There are a few telepresence robotics company around but this one has caught the interest in Grishin. There’s a lot of potential in developing for mobile platforms and it’s one of the first integrations of the current big thing, mobile devices, and the next big thing – robotics. With the price tag of $1,999, there are many people who can afford this. It cost less than 2 iPhone 5s.

Grishin Robotics is an investment company founded by Dmitry Grishin, the Russian Co-founder and Chairman of Mail.ru. They have already invested USD 25 million in various companies waiting for the next big boom in technology – Robotics.

 

Double Robotics – Telepresence at $1999

There are lots of telepresence robots on the market and it’s great to see Double Robotics the cost is moving towards a price point where the product might be acceptable to the general business consumer.

The iPad interface is a great idea given the popularity of iOS and that most of us are familiar with the interface. It allows for many app developers to work on apps that now can development on this platform.

Simplicity is what differentiate Double Robotics from the rest and it will be interesting to see how it performs compared to the rest. The other telepresence robots include: iRobot’s InTouch, VGo, Anybots, and CtrlWorks’s Puppet.

Our Own Telepresence Robot

Ctrl Works, a Singapore telepresence company, has been busy getting their robot (the puppet) in action at various hospitals and homes in Singapore. This is one of the more publicised robots in Singapore from the private sector. It is indeed encouraging to see development in robotics outside of industry in Singapore. The Healthcare industry in Singapore has been exploring robotics and it’s great to see that they are now exploring the use in trials.

There certainly are many telepresence in the market now but at present it’s difficult to develop a generic platform. There’s a need to truly understand the need of the end-user to develop a suitable platform for the particular application. It’s the integration that seals the deal for implementation. It’s good that the healthcare sector in Singapore is open to such technologies and opportunities to testbed telepresence in Singapore, given the size of our island.

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