Scheduling an appointment with Endurance was very easy. The whole team is extremely responsive – I usually got a message back in a couple of minutes. I always enjoy working with Endurance, as the people are so kind and helpful. I spoke to Philipp, who went out of his way to make me feel comfortable and to answer my questions.
This time, I was interested in the Selfiebot; a smart stand for your device. This robot has a wide variety of possible uses – from a baby monitor to remote attendance workshops and school. I really liked that I didn’t need to install anything to use the Selfiebot from my computer; I just had to open the Endurance site in my browser and find the test drive menu. Philipp talked me through the whole process. Considering the nature of the robot, controlling it was very easy. Since it’s basically a very cool stand for your phone or pad, you have only 4 buttons, moving it left, right, up and down. However, you can only use the mouse to control the movement and not the keyboard. There’s also an app for mobile phones, but unfortunately I didn’t get to try it out.
The Selfiebot has a couple of really amazing features, making it one of the best choices on the market. Auto tracking means that the camera will follow you, as you move around the room. That’s very helpful for people filming their presentations or dancers. If you prefer controlling the position of the Selfiebot yourself, you can always rely on the remote control. There’s also infrared night vision – you could use the Selfiebot as a security camera or a baby monitor. However, my favorite feature is the wireless charging of the device – you won’t have to worry about the battery life of your phone. The Selfiebot is also great for filming time-lapse videos.
Another great advantage of this robot is that it’s really cheap. You could buy it even cheaper, if you join the Do It Yourself program. Endurance want to motivate students to create their own Selfiebots and learn about 3D printing, Arduino programming, soldering and software creation. They’re trying to create a community, where young people can share ideas and improve old ones. I think that their initiative is very noble, which makes me like Endurance even more.
To sum up the review, here’s a list of pros and cons:
+ Amazing customer service
+ No need to install software on computer
+ Available for mobile devices
+ Easy to use
+ Auto tracking
+ Remote Control
+ Wireless charging of devices
+ Very cheap
+ There’s a DIY option
- Can only move the camera around with the mouse