Designed for consumers, ‘Luna’ incorporates open standards and expandability with an initial $3k price tag.
RoboDynamics introducted Luna, a mainstream consumer personal robot, dubbed “the iPad of robots” by technology journalists. The Luna system will also encompass a native app store, standard PC architecture, an open Linux-based operating system, touchscreen display, WiFi, and multiple tactically located standard USB based expansion ports allowing for expansion.
RoboDynamics also announced plans for developer, educational, and partner programs premised on promoting a financially viable ecosystem as outlined by RoboDynamics founder Fred Nikgohar in The Robotics Manifesto – Putting a Robot in Every Home in One Decade.
The Santa Monica company was previously known for TiLR, a commercial telepresence robot for the enterprise, as well as a number of innovative robotic products and technologies such as RooTooth, a bluetooth dongle for the iRobot Roomba Vacuum Cleaner.
One thousand limited-edition Luna personal robots will begin shipping in Q4 2011 for $3,000. General availability of Luna will begin in the second half of 2012 and pricing will be announced later this year.
The first 25 of the limited edition Luna personal robots will be auctioned off in the coming weeks and proceeds will benefit the RoboDynamics Educational Outreach Program in which the company plans to give away Luna robots to qualified students and university researchers.
To participate in the auction or find out when the remaining units are available for pre-order, please visit the RoboDynamics website at http://robodynamics.com.