Anybots’ has created a QB mobile telepresence robot which will can be your avatar for office environments. That means you can sit back at home while having a conference meeting with co-workers. The robot will show a live view of your face to your audience while you’ll be able to see whatever it sees. The robot comes equipped with: 5.0 megapixel video camera (also photos), 320 x 240 LCD screen, an eight hour battery life and Wi-Fi capability. Not the most impressive credentials as consumers will be looking at a price tag of $15,000 for one of these guys. Considering the price, I feel as though it would be more sensible to stick a netbook on wheels and have it constantly running Skype.
“The QB is an extension of you,” Bob Christopher, chief operating officer of Anybots stated. “It removes the barriers between people and work so people can teleport themselves to the office space.”
According to Christopher, these things aren’t supposed to replace video conferencing but rather serve as a way to keep an eye on employees remotely. In addition, anyone can long into these robots through a web browser and control their movement with the simple push of the direction keys. For the price they’re asking, this won’t be anything more than a novelty.