AVA, iRobot Shows-Off Tablet-Controlled Robot at CES 2011

Posted on 12/01/2011 by carlos-31 in Domestic, Telepresence
Tags: AVA, CES, iRobot
iRobot unveiled AVA, their technology demonstrator, at CES 2011. AVA, which stands for "Avatar", is an autonomous robot equipped with Primesense cameras (similar to the Kinect), laser range-finderssonars, and even the old-fashioned bumpers. Although the computational-heavy sensor data processing and navigation is done internally by AVA's on-board computer, the high-level control is left to whatever device is connected to its head.  In the video below, you can see AVA being controlled by an iPad. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE4js_SxdNw The future of AVA is uncertain, but it could be immediately useful for telepresence. Nevertheless, iRobot does not want to limit the public's vision of the robot to a single application. Via BotJunkie.
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