Mantaro, a products and embedded product development services firm, has launched the MantaroBot, a new telepresence solution. The high-definition, wireless, compact robotic telepresence system works with Skype via a plug-in. It operates on a mobile platform that allows a user to be virtually present wherever the MantaroBot is located and move around and interact with people.
“At $3,500, the MantaroBot introduces a new level of accessibility for mobile, wireless remote conferencing,” says Jeremy Parsons, CEO of Mantaro. “We’ve integrated robotic telepresence technology and software to provide a very cost-effective and easy-to-use video telepresence experience.”
As with other telepresence solutions, the MantaroBot frees the user from the traditional fixed location of video conferencing equipment and unleashes them into a higher level of interaction and feeling of presence. However, with the Skype plug-in, the advantages of mobile, wireless video conferencing are very accessible, cost-effective, and user-friendly.
Control of the MantaroBot is managed with a software application on the user’s PC, sending speed and direction instructions to the MantaroBot. The MantaroBot is also equipped with a user controlled 180-degree pan and 180-degree tilt high-definition camera that allows a full survey of the surroundings without moving the MantaroBot.
“Mantaro has leveraged our multidisciplined engineering experience to produce a very useable and cost-effective telepresence robot,” says Parsons. “MantaroBot remote conferencing can be used for various applications. We plan to use the MantaroBot to enhance our own customer experience during conference calls.”
Mantaro is taking orders for the $3,500 MantaroBot with shipments scheduled for February 2011. More information about the MantaroBot is available at the Mantaro website.