Are you considering a telepresence system for your office, or even your home? If so, you probably know they can get kind of expensive. It’s still a fairly new technology and prices haven’t come down that much. But Revolve Robotics is looking to shake things up with the Kubi, a remotely controlled mount that will hold a tablet and allow a remote user to virtually look around the room and talk to people in different areas (like seated around a conference table).
We showed you the Kubi in our #CESLive coverage this year, and we’ve been using it in our office on a daily basis as a way to connect Dave Peterson, our Editor in Chief in Seattle, with the rest of the Geek Beat crew in Addison.
The Kubi will hold a variety of 7 to 10-inch tablets, and you supply the video service such as FaceTime or Skype. The Kubi interface allows the remote user to pivot the tablet around, letting them “face” the person they are talking to. The range of motion allows panning of 300 degrees and tilting of 45 degrees. The remote user can save presets to make it easy to move from one focal point to another.
The Kubi is available for $499 (pretty affordable in the telepresence market). In the video we mentioned a Hacker version, but that may have been old information, as that option is not currently showing on their site.