Skype comes first in our mind when we think to make face-to-face contact with long distance people…. Am I right? How you feel, when your video calling becomes more enjoyable as well as you can follow the every footstep of your long distance family, kids or friends on Skype? No need to be surprised, just think this experience… It’s really AMAZING and now it can be possible with “Botiful,” which is a mobile robot completely controlled via Skype. Botiful is Android powered device, which will become a more useful to stay in touch with friends, family and relatives at a distance as well as looking at whoever you want whenever you like. It is the first and very innovative robot especially designed for consumer tele-presence.
Botiful Telepresence Robot is intended to utilize Skype and also you and your friends are enabled to control the Botiful as well as remotely present themselves from anywhere all over the world. Just by using this Botiful, you can control the movements of robots as well as adjust camera angles through Skype. With this Telepresence robot, you can monitor baby activities, make Skype video calls and arrange video conference, enjoy place visit from your home, play with your children distantly, entertain and see a pet remotely, as well as enjoy social event which you cannot attend due to some circumstances. It is really useful to follow people on the way or even to see them under or around obstacles.
No need to be confused when you are going to start the use of Botiful. You just need to connect Botiful to a smartphone. As soon as you connect your Botiful, your all Skype contacts will notice that you are online, and can make robot to robot calls through Skype. You can control the whole movements of robot by using arrow buttons and remote control panels. Using a head arrow, you can control the robot’s looking up or down. By downloading apps from the Botiful market, you can extend the capability of telepresence robot. One of the best things of the Botiful is that you can view any sport that you are not able to see with your eyes.
Botiful has got introduction on 16th July, 2012. Currently, it works only with Android devices. Company has introduced the Botiful with $90k funding target with time limit. The funding stage will run until 22nd August. If the company will achieve the sufficient fund, then it will jump into the next stage and manufacture more products. As per the online data, it has already achieved $45k within 10 days, so we are very sure that it will achieve remaining fund in remaining time.
If the company achieves the target, then the first 150 customers will get it at the price of $199 and save $100 on the expected final retail price for the unit. During the campaign time, if they will raise more than $100k, then it will be also created in iOS version for Apple users. It is expected to come in the market in November 2012 after raising the targeted fund.
Users are also able to customize their Botiful’s style by selecting one color from three choices – White, Red and Blue. With the SDK option, it enables users to develop new apps, add new sensors or actuators and exchange their own data format.
Benefits of Botiful:
- Play remotely with kids
- Skype video calls
- View any spot that you cannot see with your own eyes
- Visit a place from your home
- Monitoring baby activities
- Entertain your pet remotely
- Arrange social events