The recent electronic child born of iRobot and Cisco looks pretty promising, especially for those of us that just can’t drag ourselves out of bed in the mornings.

We’ve all had those moments where we wake up and roll over, realize that it’s only Tuesday and we have to face yet another painful day in the high powered world of fast food. But now, thanks to iRobot we can teleconference in in style.!


Ref: Gizmodo Australia

According to a write up by Gizmodo;

The Ava 500 merges iRobots’ Ava robotics platform with Cisco video conferencing hardware, including a high-resolution camera and a generous 21.5-inch HD display. And thanks to the robot’s ability to autonomously navigate its way through a space, controlling the Ava 500 is as easy as playing an iPad game.

Remote users either select where they want the robot to go via an interactive map on the iPad’s display, or tell it to head to a specific room, or even a specific employee’s name. The Ava 500 does the rest, allowing the telepresent employee to ride along in a ‘public’ mode where they’re able to chat with people enroute, or a ‘private’ mode where the camera and display are turned off until they arrive at their destination. When the meeting or conversation is over, the robot is then released and automatically returns to its charging station.