Sunday, January 11, 2009
ConnectR Project Canceled
On January 9, iRobot sent a letter to all of their ConnectR project enthusiasts to notify them that the virtual visiting robot was canceled. iRobot has found out, through a year of beta testing, that the ConnectR in its current form needed enhancements and modifications to meet customer expectations for virtual visiting. iRobot will focus on developing a new virtual visiting robot that will include customer feedback (Read Nov 17, 2008 post).
Though it is sad to know that the ConnectR robot project was canceled it was obvious from its very beginning that it was failure due to issues as iRobot wanted to charge monthly session fees for the virtual visiting, the cost of the robot was over US$500, low definition camera, no session encryption, manual remote control of the robot, etc. After iRobot looked at its competitors like the Rovio and Spykee they decided to get back to the drawing board and give it another try. Hope that this time around iRobot has a great product to offer the consumer that will be practical, easy to use and with many implemented features that robot beta testers requested.