27.06.2013

Synergy SWAN 

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The robot, developed by a russian company, will be able to help out the owner in the most unexpected situations, literally became his eyes and ears

Telepresence robots, or teleprezentery, virtually unknown in Russia, but also abroad, are considered one of the most promising trends in modern robotics. The most popular models – the American VGo, iRobot Ava, Anybots QB and French Gostai Jazz. One of the impediments to the development of these, of course, useful electronic helpers – their price, starting from $ 5 thousand

Teleprezentery is a mobile basis on which a small rack – up to 1.5 m tall – mounted display device and enter information. Usually, the “gentleman’s set” includes a small screen to display video, stereo speakers, webcam and microphone. In addition, depending on the modification and development plans teleprezentery may include modules Wi-Fi, 3G and GPS, as well as the entire system of sensors that facilitate the safe movement of robots: from infrared and ultrasound to gyros and lasers.


Left to right: VGo, iRobot Ava, Gostai Jazz, Anybots QB

The operator of such a robot can be located thousands of miles away from his “Avatar.” As the controller can perform virtually any computer – a laptop, tablet, desktop. Using a special interface, the user can “see” through the webcam robot “hears” – with his microphone, “says” – through the speakers. Well, the ability to manage teleprezenterom space expands telepresence robots almost indefinitely. What it looks like in reality? This could be, for example, like this: you’re sitting on the beach somewhere in the Maldives, watching what happens to you in the Moscow office, and give valuable advice to colleagues or subordinates – in the extreme case, your “avatar” can and meeting with a particularly important client to attend.

 

The trend in the trend – the use of tablets or smartphones (iOS and Android) instead of a whole set of display devices and input. Such a solution simplifies and reduces the cost of construction, and at the same time facilitates the developers, in mobile devices already have their own “brains” and, therefore, no need to reinvent the wheel – just create a universal application that will not only interact with the outside world, but also to manage robot chassis.

That such a scheme uses telepresence robot R.BOT Synergy Swan from the Russian company RBOT presented in mid-March. The design of the robot is a mobile hemispherical base diameter of 44 cm, equipped with a manipulator resembling unfolded graceful neck bird (swan, Eng. – Swan. – “News”). At the top of the manipulator mounted tablet or smartphone running Android. Height unfolded – 90 cm, weight Synergy Swan (with battery) – 14 kg. Good for such devices clearance – 4.5 cm – allows you to confidently move on various surfaces indoors.

 

According to Vyacheslav Kravtsov, project manager RBOT, Synergy Swan almost fully developed in the laboratories of the company – from concept and design to electronics and software drivers.

 

- In our robot tablet or smartphone is removable intelligence – they, naturally, we do not produce, – says Vyacheslav Kravtsov. – Everything else is done by us, including electronics and software. We work with well-known manufacturers of mobile devices in order to ensure full compatibility with all of our robots their current models. We have developed software to control the robot from Android – this software will soon be posted in the form of API on our website.

 

The company is planning – preparation of applications and libraries for software developers by robots range Synergy. In priority – face recognition and voice synthesis speech.

 

 

 

- We will also involve not only its own software developers, but also work with companies that are developing software for Android, iOS and Windows Phone to quickly write a basic set of applications for R.BOT Synergy, – shares his plans project manager RBOT. – First of all, it is the various options telepresence, entertainment and gaming applications, business intelligence and applications (robot nanny robot guard, robot-consultant, the robot secretary, etc.).

 

 

 

The best part of the robot from the RBOT – is its price tag. The assurances of the company, the value of R.BOT Synergy Swan will be only 15 thousand rubles. Even with the additional purchase of a tablet or smartphone on Android can assume that the price of the final set is unlikely to exceed 30 thousand If developers plans are realized, at the end of May – beginning of June in Russia will be one of the first large-scale telepresence robots in the world.

Source: http://izvestia.ru/news/547707#ixzz2PHppEdlw