Turn Your Tablet into a Highly Versatile Telepresence Robot
Endurance, the maker of the Endurance telepresence robot, seeks to provide energy-efficient technologies for controlling their robot. The Endurance robot comes equipped with an ASUS Nexus tablet and the LinPhone program, an open-source application similar to Skype.
Users simply download the LinPhone program onto their computer, phone, or tablet and they can make calls to the Endurance robot and control it from remote locations. For those unfamiliar with the LinPhone app, it is similar to Skype, as mentioned above, and Google Hangouts, Viber, and other video conferencing applications so there should be very little difficulty in getting things set up.
The included tablet works with WiFi, 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE, enabling the telepresence robot to use any internet connection. Additionally, users may operate the Endurance robot within a local network (a peer-to-peer connection).
The Endurance robot has four sensitive sonar sensors which survey the robots surroundings and will stop the robot upon detection of an obstruction.
Endurance uses a connection which it says is more reliable and stable than a Bluetooth connection. The Endurance robot has a microcontroller for operating the wheel platform which is connected to the robot’s tablet via a mini-USB connection with Android Debug Mode.
Additionally, Endurance plans to expand its current list of recommended tablets as well as providing a telepresence robot with a built-in monitor.
Unique Features: WiFi, 4G
Top Speed: 2-3 mph
Crash Avoidance: Yes
Run Time: 6 hours
Charge Time: 4-6 hours
Video Resolution: Dependent Upon Device Used
Docking Station: Yes
Height: 5′ 7″ (170 cm) Adjustable.
Bandwidth Required: 100-150 KB/s
Tablet Auto-Charged: Optional
Network Connectivity: Unknown
Height: The Endurance robot can be adjusted from 100cm to 170cm but can be customized to an even smaller size if desired.
Platform weight: 12 kg (Approximately 26.5 lbs.).
4 wheels (2 leading).
Micro-controller to control the wheel platform.
4 ultrasonic sonar sensors.
Polymeric plastic wheels.
Can be easily disassembled and folded for easy portability.
Endurance Warranty: In case of a manufacturer’s defect, Endurance will either solve the problem remotely or take back the robot and fully refund the customer minus the shipping fee.