BotEyes-Pad Telepresence Robot
BotEyes-Pad is a telepresence robot based on WebRTC technology, or the customer can use any telecommunication software he likes, such as Skype or Google Hangout. Skype is available by default on many modern TVs, and you can see video from the robot on the big TV screen.
To manage the wheel part, the BotEyes robot uses a separate computer running Windows 10 IoT Core and WebSockets services to manage user accounts and control the wheelbase.
Using a separate computer for motion control allows isolation of the tablet function exclusively for video communication and to use for this purpose not only any tablet but even a smartphone without the need to install the robot-specific software. For mechanical attachment of the gadget, this robot uses a specially designed holder with adjustable grips. The division of functions between two computers allows you to use any video messenger you like.
Remote control of BotEyes is performed from a web browser. The browser version is convenient because it does not depend on the platform and the type of gadget on which it is installed.
BotEyes uses a heavy unspillable lead-acid battery placed very low in the robot chassis. It makes the robot very stable and allows it to overcome doorsteps. Moreover, these batteries are safe products. In contrast to this, many telepresence robots use lithium-ion and lithium-polymer batteries, which are dangerous and are prohibited for transportation by aircraft for this reason. Some cases simply ignite; see, for example, the US Department of Transportation website.
The robot docking station has a unique shape that allows you to catch the robot even if it goes to the dock from the side or does not hit it. It makes manual docking very simple. At the same time, the robot also can install in the dock automatically.
|Height (when the tablet is installed)||56 inches (142.5 cm)|
|Zoom factor||Digital zoom from 2 to 5 depends on the tablet camera resolution|
|Screen sharing||Yes, for desktop computers only|
|Switching between front and rear cameras**||Yes|
|Battery capacity||For 10 hours of work, safe non-spillable lead-acid batteries, 12V, 173Wh|
|Full-charging time||10 hours|
|Moving speed (smoothly controlled)||0…1.5 mph (0…2.5 kmph )|
|Navigation control||Mouse, arrow keys, touching the screen|
|Connectivity||WiFi 2.4Ghz (802.11b/g/n), 4G/5G depending on the tablet type|
|Video communication tool||Google WebRTC (default), Skype, or others of your choice|
|Security||HTTP protocol, DTLS-SRTP, 128-bit AES encryption, browser “sandbox.”|
|Tablet tilt angle||160 deg. You can see the floor and ceiling|
|Tablet in robot “head.”||Almost any Android, iOS, or Windows-based tablet from 8′ to 12′ screen size|
|Tablet position||Horizontal or vertical. See here why it is functional.|
|Device to control the robot||Any smartphone, tablet or desktop, Mac- or Windows-based computer using Chrome, Safari, Opera, Firefox, Edge, Yandex|
|Control buttons||Power On/Off and WiFi Reset buttons|
|Light indication||Light diodes: “Power On,” “Connected,” “Charging.”|
|Tablet auto-charged||Yes, from USB type A in the robot head, 500 mA, 5.25 V|
|Autodocking*||Yes, the tablet must have an orientation sensor. Works for the horizontal position of the tablet only.|
|Obstacle avoidance||Yes, two infrared sensors in front of the robot’s body|
|Stopping in case of emergency||Yes, using a multi-level watchdog timer in the browser, on the web server, and in the robot|
|A computer for robot wheels control||Broadcom proc., Windows 10 IoT Core, HDMI port, 4 USB ports|
|Docking station||Yes, Input: 100…240V, 50/60 Hz, output: 19.5V, 2A|
|Doorsteps overcome||0.6 inches (1.5 cm)|
|Robot stability||Never falls down|
|Body||ABS plastic and stainless steel|
|Color||Black by default or white by request|
|Operating temperature range||32…140 F (0…+60 C)|
|Base Footprint (Width x Length)||11 x 15 inches (29 x 39 cm)|
|Robot Weight||29.5 lb (13.4 kg)|
|Charging dock dimensions||128′ x 70.9′ x 19.7′ (325 x 180 x 50 cm)|
|Package dimensions for delivery and weight||29.5 x 15 x 13.8 inches (75 x 38x 35 cm), 25 kg (55 lb)|
- Autodocking may not work with iPad; we are working on it now. The best choice would be an Android device. Autodocking works if the tablet position is horizontal.
- If you use iPad, the microphone turns off after switching the camera. It is not our fault. In the case of Android and Windows, it works fine.