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Traveling robot

Remote control security robot
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It's nice to be able to keep track of seek or elderly friends and family remotely --sometimes they are out of camera shot, however. Should you not hear from a person, I would like to see a video camera equipped robot that could be operated, via remote control through a computer connection. Should the person in question not contact you at established time periods, you could go to a website, activate the video robot remotely and have it travel through the house (or outside through a "dog door") looking for signs of life. The robot would be controlled via an "always live" standard toy radio control device connected to a usb port and controlled through associated software. If no sign of life is found, call a family member or friend to look in on the person, or call emergency services. The same device could be used to remotely scout your home or business for intruders.
Sunstone, Aug 21 2008

Wowwee Rovio http://www.meetrovio.com/
Pretty much baked (Wowwee have some cool stuff...) [neutrinos_shadow, Aug 27 2008]

Virtual visiting robot (not released yet) http://store.irobot...&origkw=%20ConnectR
Drive the robot around your home to see, hear and interact with whomever and whatever you want [Sunstone, Mar 03 2009, last modified May 31 2016]

Meet Zenbo https://www.theguar...artphone-voice-face
Zendo will alert caregivers to dangers and allow them to remotely control the bot [Sunstone, May 31 2016]


       This is just creepy.
What if Grandma's in the bathroom shaving the ol' landing strip?
Why not just pick up the phone and call?
phoenix, Aug 22 2008

       Grandma can turn it off.
Voice, Aug 22 2008

       It needs safeguards, lots of safeguards, but I think it grants the possibility of more freedom for some, so (+). Also I think audio is the first step torwards contact. This minimizes the initial intrusion. Also maybe some kind of a movement requirement, where the robot monitors movement or lack of movement remotely thru RFID.   

       Basically you have to allow contact without removing privacy.   

       Still I think you are missing your real audience, people with distant realestate. Big storm up by your summer house? Well, have a look and see if we have to make an early trip or call for some local repairs.   

       Also I do remote tech support, so if you could have one that works off a wireless phone connection, so I could look at screens, printers and switches that would be great.
MisterQED, Aug 22 2008

       "What if Grandma's in the bathroom shaving the ol' landing strip?"   

       Rule 34 - There's a website for that.
normzone, Aug 22 2008

       If it was A Noisy, Bot, a lot of the privacy...issues could be, avoided.   

       It just needs more...

       Make it like a tiny Dalek .... [+]
8th of 7, Aug 28 2008

       <dalek voice>   


       </d> [+]
Custardguts, Mar 03 2009

       I'd rather give Grandma a necklace with a wireless camera on it. Then if she got lost, I could use the camera to look for street signs.
colorclocks, Mar 03 2009

       um could you just have their handyphone have an ultrsonic transducer on it that can visualize through garments and detect a pulse? the handyphone could have a near field global transparency mode... Thz as well if the transducers are affordable
beanangel, Jun 04 2016

       How is this not just telepresence, which is widely baked?
notexactly, Jul 03 2016

       So a bunch of old people running down the street, being chased by robots yelling "Come back, Grandpa" (and from at least one smartass operator: 'Crush, Kill, Destroy') ? ... have a shiny metal bun [+]
FlyingToaster, Jul 03 2016


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