Traveling robot allows you to be in two places at once
BEDFORD, Mass. (WHDH) -- iRobot in Bedford is full of the latest gadgets, but their newest invention took 10 years to make.
“It’s basically a telepresence robot. It basically allows you to be in two places at once,” said Vice President of Marketing Communications at iRobot, Nancy Smith.
The robot’s name is Ava 500 and it allows you to communicate directly through the screen. It also travels, which means it’s almost like you’re there walking the hallways with it as well.
“I can say for myself personally, I have a two-year-old daughter and I don’t like to travel as much as I used to for business. Sometimes I want to have a meeting; sometimes it’s a two-hour meeting in New York but it’s an entire day of travel, sometimes overnight. Imagine if you could just log in to your computer, say I want to have this meeting in this location, iRobot finds its way there, and now you’re having this face to face connection,” said Smith.
But it goes beyond the office.
“We actually have technology like this installed in hospitals right now where doctors can teleport into different locations and actually diagnose patients that that hospital might not have the specialty that they need. We actually have FDA clearance on some of these robots that are operating in hospital environments, school environments where kids are sick and can’t go into the school systems. These are great opportunities for these types of robots,” said Smith.
Ava 500 also has sensors so it won’t bump into anything.
Businesses can rent the robot for nearly $2,500 a month.