Virtual Visiting Robot – iRobot ConnectR

September 10, 2008 by Lisa Jahred 

The new iRobot ConnectR is a great way to stay connected with family and friends even when you are apart. This new robot caught my eye because my family is far flung and we spend so much time on computer Web cams. The little kids would have far more fun with the iRobot ConnectR instead of sitting in front of a computer.

iRobot ConnectR combines the latest Internet communications with robot technology, providing you with a virtual opportunity to visit with loved ones, relatives and pets anytime you wish – seeing, hearing and interacting with them in their home as if you were there in person.

ConnectR enables real-time virtual visits over the Internet. Equipped with high-quality audio and a video camera, the robot is located on-site in the home of the “host” party. Using a computer keyboard, mouse or joystick, the remote (“visiting”) party can drive the robot around and interact with those on-site, virtually participating in activities at home or wherever the device is located (for example, in the home of your grandchildren). The on-site host party can also direct the robot’s movements with a remote control.

The user-friendly interface lets you connect to and control the robot from any Windows XP-enabled PC. Using a computer keyboard, mouse or joystick, you can drive ConnectR around in any direction to see, hear and interact with whomever you want. The people at home can also use the included remote control to “call” out and connect to you while you are away so that you are always in the loop.

I can’t wait to get mine!

ConnectR Pilot Program
A very limited number of ConnectR robots will be available in 2008 directly from iRobot as part of a special Pilot Program. Due to the overwhelming response we have received, we are currently at maximum capacity for the Pilot Program. If you are interested in receiving regular updates about ConnectR, visit iRobot to sign up.

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