iPhone Robot For Your Home

I saw this demonstrated a couple of years ago and misheard the projected cost of the iphone robot at $1000.00… I thought about how cheap that was.

Here’s a demonstration at a cost that’s a fraction of that.

Have you got a robot at home?

So we really want to build a robot that anyone can use,whether you’re eight or 80.And as it turns out, that’s a really hard problem,because you have to build a small, portable robotthat’s not only really affordable,but it has to be somethingthat people actually want to take home and have around their kids.This robot can’t be creepy or uncanny.He should be friendly and cute.

When Romo wakes up, he’s in creature mode.So he’s actually using the video camera on the device to follow my face.If I duck down, he’ll follow me.He’s wary, so he’ll keep his eyes on me.If I come over here, he’ll turn to follow me.If I come over here — (Laughs)He’s smart.And if I get too close to him,he gets scared just like any other creature.So in a lot of ways, Romo is like a pet that has a mind of his own.Thanks, little guy.(Sneezing sound)Bless you.

And if I want to explore the world — uh-oh, Romo’s tired –if I want to explore the world with Romo,I can actually connect him from any other iOS device.So here’s the iPad.And Romo will actually stream video to this device.So I can see everything that Romo sees,and I get a robot’s-eye-view of the world.Now this is a free app on the App Store,so if any of you guys had this app on your phones,we could literally right now share control of the robot and play games together.

So I’ll show you really quickly,Romo actually — he’s streaming video,so you can see me and the entire TED audience.If I get in front of Romo here.And if I want to control him, I can just drive.So I can drive him around,and I can take pictures of you.I’ve always wanted a picture of a 1,500-person TED audience.So I’ll snap a picture.And in the same way that you scroll through content on an iPad,I can actually adjust the angle of the camera on the device.So there are all of you through Romo’s eyes.And finally, because Romo is an extension of me,I can express myself through his emotions.So I can go in and I can say let’s make Romo excited.

But the most important thing about Romois that we wanted to create something that was literally completely intuitive.You do not have to teach someone how to drive Romo.In fact, who would like to drive a robot?Okay. Awesome.Here you go.Thank you, Scott.

And even cooler, you actually don’t have to bein the same geographic location as the robot to control him.So he actually streams two-way audio and videobetween any two smart devices.So you can log in through the owser,and it’s kind of like Skype on wheels.So we were talking before about telepresence,and this is a really cool example.You can imagine an eight-year-old girl, for example, who has an iPhone,and her mom buys her a robot.That girl can take her iPhone, put it on the robot,send an email to Grandma, who lives on the other side of the country.Grandma can log into that robot and play hide-and-go-seek with her granddaughterfor fifteen minutes every single night,when otherwise she might only be able to get to see her granddaughter once or twice a year.

And even cooler, you actually don’t have to bein the same geographic location as the robot to control him.So he actually streams two-way audio and videobetween any two smart devices.So you can log in through the owser,and it’s kind of like Skype on wheels.So we were talking before about telepresence,and this is a really cool example.You can imagine an eight-year-old girl, for example, who has an iPhone,and her mom buys her a robot.That girl can take her iPhone, put it on the robot,send an email to Grandma, who lives on the other side of the country.Grandma can log into that robot and play hide-and-go-seek with her granddaughterfor fifteen minutes every single night,when otherwise she might only be able to get to see her granddaughter once or twice a year.

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