Telepresence Robot has no arms to harass people with

Anybots new robot, the QA can be controlled remotely over Wi-Fi and 3G. So you can use the robot as an interface to communicate with people. Sometimes I have to run to the shop and I don’t want to go near humans. The QA could almost do the trick but unfortunately – since it has no hands – it’s hard to shoplift with it. Being lighter then it’s predecessor, it can speed up to 6 MPH.

Click here for the website.

Technical Specifications

  • Batteries: rechargeable Li ion, 4-6 hours of operation
  • Connectivity: 802.11g wireless (optional 3G cellular)
  • Cameras: two 5 MP color, with ir illuminator
  • Video: 20 FPS @ 640×480 (depending on network)
  • Audio: full duplex, high fidelity
  • Display: 7 inch (18 cm) color LCD in chest
  • Laser pointer: green 10 mW, points and draws shapes
  • Navigation: LIDAR, 5.5 yard (5 meter) range
  • Speed: up to 6 MPH (10 km/h)
  • Wheels: two 12 inch (30 cm) diameter rubber
  • Height: 5 foot (152 cm) standing, 2 foot (61 cm) bending
  • Weight: 30 pounds (14 kg)
  • Client software: PC and Mac compatible

[Via Sam’s blog]

A quick chat with ZeeVee, Inc’s CEO about the ZvBox future

The ZvBox is a promising little CE device that streams HD content over widely available coax cable. Unfortunately, the first version did work so well but Vic Odryna, CEO and overall nice guy, promises brighter roads ahead thanks to an update and the new commercial unit. 

The original ZvBox was one of the most buggy devices I have ever used but Vic said they have listened to all the negative reviews (including mine) and improved nearly everything. Mouse lag times have been improved, computer support increase, and the software updated which hopefully improves the experience. 

The new commercial unit is aimed at custom installers and commercial applications. This rack mountable version comes equipped with component video and digital audio jacks for even more support. Pricing will be set at $2500 when it becomes available which clearly shows this isn’t for the everyday geek.

Unfortunately, the company is sticking with its VGA hijacking for the video input and not offering an independent networking version which means that a dedicated computer will still probably be required. The ZvBox interface is solid and it would be a great platform for a set-top box that doesn’t directly rely on a computer for content. 

Hopefully the updates help out cause this box would be a killer system if it works well. I, for one, want it to work well.

ZeeVee ZvBox

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Best Product Name of CES 2009 Award goes to…

The gear these Austrian ladies are selling is pretty cool. It’s a bunch of straps and bags for all your gadgets that wrap around your body like a bandoleer. But what are they called? I’m glad you asked.


That’s right. URBAN TOOL. It’s such a great phrase. Peter Ha, for example, is an URBAN TOOL, especially if you take out the URBAN part.

“Hands on” with the Palm Pre

Seeing as everyone in the blogging world is scrambling to get up a Hands-on article on the Palm Pre, I’ll go ahead and say this now: if anyone claims to have gotten a true hands-on, they’re probably lying. We just got back from a post-announcement, closed doors Palm event where a handful of Pres were being demonstrated. While we could touch the phones, we couldn’t actually hold the phone, making it kinda tough to get a real sense of the phone’s weight and feel. Regardless, I still want one. Boy oh boy, do I want one. Read on for experiences. (Video is on the editing rack, by the way – we’ll have it up ASAP.)

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