The AVA 500 by iRobot is the perfect excuse to work from home and still attend your client meetings without pants on...
Check out the video below it see it in action:
The robotic line of iRobot has been a welcome addition to many homes as cleaning machines and really expensive dog toys... They even made appearances last year in hospitals with the RP-VITA Medical Robot.
Now they are making their way into the office with the AVA-500...
The AVA 500, a semi-autonomous telepresence robot for businesses, packed with Cisco's TelePresence videoconferencing software, and bearing a too-high-to-publish pricetag. Unlike the original AVA, which carried an iPad on top of its skinny neck, the AVA 500 carrier a hefty Cisco EX60 21.5-inch LCD "video endpoint," and is proportioned and styled like an electronic car charging station. The display, which has an HD webcam atop it, can slide between "sitting" and "standing" heights. Primary navigation data is gathered by a Kinect-style sensor.
The AVA 500 can be piloted by manual controls, but the preferred method is obviously the automatic one. You simply use the companion iPad app to select a location in the office, AVA pilots itself there, and notifies you when it arrives. Meanwhile, all the actual communication happens on your computer, through Cisco's video conferencing software.