Last year designer David Cann and engineer Marc DeVidts launched Double Robotics, a Mountain-View-based firm that aims to pair robotics with a "rich user experience that is seldomly found in the field." They're currently gearing up to release their first product, an iPad-based telepresence platform, this December.
Called Double, it consists of a Segway-esque, self-balancing dual-wheel base, a stalk and a mounting bracket for an iPad. A remote user drives it from afar with an iPhone/iPad/iPod or desktop, and can also choose to raise or lower the stalk to achieve sitting or standing height for virtual face-to-face meetings. When not in motion, the contraption automatically deploys kickstands to save on power.
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Double Robotics is aiming the platform at offices, schools, manufacturing facilities, and even museums and galleries, which they hope will make it available for virtual visits. (How cool would it be to roam Uffizi from the confines of your lousy, art-free apartment?) It's currently available for pre-order at a $500 discount off of the $2,499 asking price.