In 2014 a small Chinese startup came on the scene with an idea that’s straight out of the movies: Cheap, easy-to-use telepresence robots. PadBot is the company and it wants to put $450 robots in homes and hospitals which allow people to communicate with remote friends, family members, and colleagues.
Since 2014 they’ve stayed on the fringes of tech news, developing further their technology and design, and getting financing for various things.
Ghangzhou-based manufacturers Inbot tech thinks its formula, which takes advantage of Bluetooth, iOS, and Android, will also appeal to children who live far away from grandparents as well as companies seeking to give access to remote employees into conferences.
The bots are vaguely humanoid. They rove and roll about and provide a view to the person on the other end of what’s happening at another location. Along with being able to see the home or office which you can’t be at, you can present your smiling face, give compliments and instructions to co-workers, and do a myriad of other things from wherever you may be.
Since PadBot has not made it onto the market yet, it’s hard to say just how sturdy and functional the robots themselves are. However, demos of the company’s User Interface indicate an intuitive interface for both parties in the conversation.
Watch the below video, it’s pretty fantastic!
Cross your fingers , everyone, and if we are so lucky we will be seeing these bad boys rolling out into an office, or home near you very soon! Stay tuned.