Friday, September 8, 2000
Imagine being in two places at once and seeing both. No, it
doesn't mean being a superhero, but it would help to own the iRobot-LE.
The iRobot-LE is the first web-controlled robot that allows
users to have a "physical presence" in two places at
Developed by iRobot
(Somerville, MA), the iRobot-LE is the first web-controllable domestic
robot, introduced to consumers on September 5. According to Jeff
Ostaszewski, iRobot-LE representative, it works as a physical web avatar,
allowing people to be in two places at once via the Internet. The
iRobot-LE uses its moveable head/neck and wheel/flipper features for both
real-time panoramic video and two-way audio effects, controlled privately
on an owner's webpage. With a scanning sonar sensor, it develops a
floorplan of the house, using infrared ranging sensors to climb stairs and
To drive the iRobot-LE, owners may usea handheld remote
control when in the same room. To "webdrive", owners need only a high
speed Internet connection to access a secure webpage, and then click where
they want the robot to go. Since it is web-controllable, "You can use this
from any place in the world," says Ostaszewski.
The iRobot-LE is currently being sold for $4995, and is
expected to be available in early spring 2001.
Visit http://www.irobot.com for more