Until Star Wars style 3D hologram projection technology becomes commonplace, the near future of certain types of remote work lies in robotics. Now, a new dynamic uses augmented reality to give this kind of telepresence a kind of superpower.
This week, Double Robotics introduced Double 3, the company's latest telepresence robot, with built-in AR interface.
For the uninitiated, imagine Double's telepresence robots as equal parts of the iPad tablet, home robot Roomba, and self-balancing segway (only in terms of execution, these brands are not actually part of the business). This combination of technologies allows a person to remotely control a camera / screen combination in an office to communicate and collaborate with colleagues remotely.
"Double 3 represents a huge technological leap for offices and schools All the important requirements of our customers to a seamless, elegant solution," said David Cann, co-founder and CEO of Double Robotics, in a blog post on the company's website.
With a Double device, a remote worker can increase the size of a presentation through integrated amplification to offering two cents for the meeting do everything spokesman.
The new Double 3 model is unique in comparison to previous Double Telepresence robots as it can now drive itself. Through a series of 3D sensors, the Double 3 can detect its environment, which facilitates the integrated avoidance of obstacles in the system of the device. Therefore, even a novice double driver can operate the robot without fear of bumping into people or Ming vases on thin pedestals. The new AR display of the Double 3 also shows the user virtual 3D waypoints and interesting objects, such B. the position of the charging station of the robot. In AR mode, the robot also indicates points on the ground where it can move safely.
An important aspect of this system, Click-to-Drive, allows the operator to simply click on a point on the AR – Improved Ground to allow the robot to navigate to a specific location in the room.
Other Features of the Double 3 Compared to its Predecessor The Double 2 is that it no longer needs an iPad to run. The screen and the camera are built-in. There are also six beamforming microphones that allow the driver to hear people remotely while eliminating background noise.
The robot's audio system also provides full-duplex audio that lets you hear someone who speaks to you, even if you have "conversations with them" (a common problem when people try to conduct standard hands-free meetings You can even control the height of the screen by simulating a sitting or standing position.
A four-hour battery life (and a two-hour charging time) can be used by remote workers move around with the AR function of the system around the office.
This example does not include a headset or smart glasses, but it is another great example of augmented reality that shortens the learning curve when working with new technologies .