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VGo

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VGo is a mobile robot that acts as your proxy in a distant location. You control the robot over the Net, and you can see, hear, talk, and move around to attend meetings or hang out at the water cooler.

Creator
Vecna
Country
United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Year
2011
Type
Telepresence, Consumer
Creator
Vecna
Country
United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
Year
2011
Type
Telepresence, Consumer

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Specs

FEATURES
Able to drive through tight spaces and operate for a full 8-hour workday. Equipped with Wi-Fi and, optionally, a 4G cellular network module.
HEIGHT
121.9 cm | 48 in
LENGTH
40.6 cm | 16 in
WIDTH
35.6 cm | 14 in
WEIGHT
8.2 kg | 18.1 lb
SPEED
4.02 km/h | 2.5 mph

SENSORS
High-resolution color camera, accelerometer, four microphones, three infrared sensors, cliff-detecting sensor array.
ACTUATORS
Three motors
POWER
Sealed lead-acid battery, 6 to 12 hours of operation
COMPUTING
Multiple Freescale ARM-based CPUs
SOFTWARE
Linux OS and custom control software. Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X remote user client software.
DEGREES OF FREEDOM (DOF)
N/A
MATERIALS
ABS plastic body
COST
$6,000 Wi-Fi only model | $6,900 Wi-Fi + 4G LTE model. Plus $1,200 per year service contract.
STATUS
Ongoing
HISTORY
VGo Communications was founded in 2007 by Grinnell More, Tom Ryden, and Tim Root. More and Ryden had previously worked at iRobot, helping to develop military robots like the PackBot and Warrior. Root had been an executive at teleconferencing companies Polycom and PictureTel. The founders combined their experience in robotics and teleconferencing to create VGo. The first model was unveiled in 2011 and started shipping to customers in early 2012. The company has marketed its robot for business, education, and healthcare applications.
WEBSITE
http://www.vgocom.com

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