Virtual site visits: Have a lot of visitors to your facility? Many routine site visits and inspections can be eliminated by Controlbot telerobotics/telepresence technology.
The animation below shows an inexpensive "virtual site visit" bot. The robot is light-weight and has a low center of gravity, making it stable and easy to carry by hand over obstacles. The camera is mounted on a telescoping pole, and can be automatically or manually adjusted to the appropriate height (usually about 5 feet). The robot has internet access through the local 802.11 internet gateway (or Bluetooth cell phone link), and transmits local images and sounds to the remote user. The remote user can direct the robot to inspect local areas of interest.
The local user can also control the robot's movement via a Bluetooth remote
control device (not shown).
Other features The remote user can talk clearly and privately with local users via a standard
Bluetooth headset. The robot can also be directed to automatically follow the local user by locating the direction of the radio signal from the local user's Bluetooth headset
or remote control device. If desired, the remote user can also project an image of himself or herself to the local user by using the Controlbot "router" function to transmit remote video to local Bluetooth/WUSB PDAs, computers, cell phones, or projection screens either mounted on the robot, or located near the robot.
The robot can also have other peripherals, including laser pointers to point out local objects of interest, and additional wireless transponders to directly read and control local Bluetooth, RFID tags, and Zigbee devices.