Robotics

Origibot2 telepresence robot is armed for interactivity

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The Origibot2 is presently the subject of a crowdfunding program
The Origibot2 is presently the subject of a crowdfunding program
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The Origibot2 should be available in the buyer's choice of four colors
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The Origibot2 should be available in the buyer's choice of four colors
The Origibot2 improves on the original with a lighter and stronger carbon fiber frame (the plastic parts are 3D-printed), a more dextrous wrist, plus improved motors and more powerful servos – the latter give it a lifting capacity of 1 kg (2.2 lb)
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The Origibot2 improves on the original with a lighter and stronger carbon fiber frame (the plastic parts are 3D-printed), a more dextrous wrist, plus improved motors and more powerful servos – the latter give it a lifting capacity of 1 kg (2.2 lb)
The Origibot2 is presently the subject of a crowdfunding program
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The Origibot2 is presently the subject of a crowdfunding program
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Although telepresence robots do allow remotely-located users to move about an environment, and to see and hear what's going on there, they don't actually let those users perform physical tasks. The Origibot2 does do so, however, as it's equipped with an arm and gripper.

Made by Miami-based Origin Robotics, the open-source Arduino-microcomputer-packin' robot is – not surprisingly – a successor to the company's previously-released Origibot. Like that model, it's equipped with an included Android tablet, and can be remotely-controlled via an iOS/Android/Windows/Mac web app from anywhere in the world with internet access.

Utilizing that app, the user can engage in two-way audio/visual communication with people at the robot's location, plus they can steer it around as needed – so far, that's just like other telepresence robots. The app also lets them control the fully-articulated arm and gripper, though, making it possible to grasp, lift and carry objects.

The Origibot2 should be available in the buyer's choice of four colors
The Origibot2 should be available in the buyer's choice of four colors

What good would that functionality do? Well, the company suggests that it could be used for tasks such as unlocking/opening doors, turning appliances on and off, feeding pets, or even delivering medication to grandparents.

The Origibot2 improves on the original with a lighter and stronger carbon fiber frame (the plastic parts are 3D-printed), a more dextrous wrist, plus improved motors and more powerful servos – the latter give it a lifting capacity of 1 kg (2.2 lb). One charge of its NiMh batteries should be good for a claimed eight hours of use.

If you're interested, the Origibot2 is currently the subject of an Indiegogo campaign. A pledge of US$599 will get you one, assuming it reaches production. The planned retail price is $999.

You can see it in action, in the video below.

Source: Indiegogo

ORIGIBOT Carbon Fiber Advanced Telepresence Robot with Arm & Gripper

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ljaques
Hah, those are pretty cool. It didn't show the thing attempting to break the mag seal on the fridge, did it? That can take a 20# pull sometimes. I'd have liked that video better if they didn't have the horrible background music and if the announcer had a more pleasant voice. I wonder two things: How well do they manage floor to carpet junctions? And how well will they work for police department bomb units? I know they're not nearly as strong or heavy, but I can't help but think they could come in handy at one 30th the cost, especially for demolition work.