For the last two decades videoconferencing manufacturers have been touting their systems as the ultimate tool for remote workers. Now Cisco has added one of its "telepresence" systems to a remote-control robot that can wander around the office meeting people and performing inspections. AVA 500 videoconferencing unit Now your …
Stick a plunger on the front and say "exterminate!"
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Re: Stick a plunger on the front and say "exterminate!"
remote plumber! nice you should send that in!
'kick me' signs for the 21st century
The possibilities for this are endless. With only a front facing camera you could dress your boss's robot in a frilly nightie and he'd never know.
and it can vacuum the carpet at the same time
even the cleaners can remote in, what's not to like?
Everyone should remote in
Have your avatar sit at your desk, go to meetings, visit the toilet...
Seen this somewhere before
Is the guy in the first picture watching himself on the iDalek thing?
Re: 1st Picture?
No. He's busy smearing the fancy, trendy, oh so cool glass walled offices with his greasy hand prints.
Something the "open space concept" pushers didn't think about. Our glass walls look horrible after about 6 months. And the so called cleaning people just smear it all around with a cloth until it's an impenetrable haze.
I predict lots of these will be 'demo'ed'. None will really be sold.
Is it just me, or does this look like a glorified pawn from your handy chess set.
Of course, they could have various attachments for it with different pieces for different amounts of "importantcy" in the company in question.
And yes, it is a defect that it won't transmit the impacts that are inflicted upon itself back to the "user".
So, we have a NEW definition of the work LAZY!!
Reminds me an episode of The Big Bang Theory: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bIoeBpSeU4
Didn't something similar bung Luke into a Bacta tank?
Re: looks familiar
FX7. One of the few Star Wars figures I had as a child. Imagine my Christmas morning excitement at being able to add to my collection - which could be counted on one hand - only to be given FX7. Worst... Star Wars figure... ever.
Troll face because that's what whoever gave it to me must have been thinking.
"AVA enables freedom of movement ...."
Can it climb stairs? Perhaps with a suitable attachment it could press lift buttons?
Big bang theory
Looks like they just copied this from the sitcom when sheldon decided he was going to work virtually!
Hope the producers get royalties
Without doubt not a single unit will be sold.
All CISCO products are Certified ...
Huawei and ZTE are Chinese designed and NOT PRISM compatible. All three product lines are manufactured in China.
Doesn't a push towards tele-conferencing and home-working lead to reduced office space requirements. Which leaves this wandering down an empty corridor.
Only management and sales will work outside the office. The drones will receive their orders and oversight from the vacuum cleaner.
That's actually a good point, does this thing vacuum as it travels the office? I'd like to have one but only if it cleans as it goes.
Double Robotics has a similar product:
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