Saturday, July 12, 2008

Spykee: The Domestic Telepresence Robot

Erector, the company that makes the famous nuts and bolts building kits since 1911, introduced Spykee to the world at CES 2007. Erector was the first to introduce the idea of telepresence domestic robot, this is before iRobot's ConnectR and WowWee's Rovio. It very much seems that Erector (Meccano in Europe) hit a nerve with the domestic robotics industry and will be the very first one to have it available in the market by September/October 2008. Spykee has a camara (320 x 200 pixel at 15 fps), internal 2 W speaker, 2 DC motors to move its tracks, IR sensors, internal microphone, WiFi and is able to automatically charge its batteries. You will be able to control Spykee via the web to check on your loved ones and/or home, can be used as a VoIP phone system (compatible with Skype), can play your MP3 collection, can act as an alarm system to send you pictures to alert you via the web and the best thing is that you can take certain elements apart and re-design your robot to look differently (currently there are 3 different designs that could be built). Many details are still not available on this very interesting robot but it will be interesting to see the differences between Spykee and Rovio in the upcoming months after their release. Enjoy the ride!

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