Moorebot Scout – Tiny AI-Powered Mobile Robot for Home Monitoring – It works with Alexa and Google Home
Scout is a home security mobile robot for intelligent surveillance. With many advanced sensors and AI algorithms, Scout is an ideal assistant for home monitoring with no blind spot.
Users can view the home through a 1080P HD camera and speak to the family via two-way audio from anywhere in the world.
Scout is an AI-powered mobile robot with four-wheel drive and Mecanum wheels that lets you, monitor, discover, and explore the world around you.
Its capabilities include object recognition and voice control via Amazon Alexa. In addition, monocular SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) is available as part of the open-source release.
Scout is an open-source project designed for tech lovers and robot enthusiasts.
Fun and Entertaining – Control Scout’s omnidirectional four-wheel drive from your smartphone and see your home differently.
Scout is built upon an open-source ROS system and maintained by a robotic community.
Scout patrols your house 24/7. Then, the scout can find its way back to the charging dock and gets ready for the next assignment.
Pets love it! Learn and Create – Use the simple Scratch Programming UI via the included app to unleash your creativity.
The innovative Mecanum wheels design makes this robot super fun to play with. With the mobile phone App, Scout can be a joyful toy for kids. Scout not only follows orders but also follows objects such as pets, humans, and other trained things. Scratch Language is fully supported. Kids can learn to program efficiently. The open API allows those advanced users to design and create Extention tools via 3D printers.
Scout would carry your tools for more tasks. Those could range from pick-up arms to UV germ-killing tools to laser guns for gaming. The possibilities are endless.
Often, homeowners can’t cover all spots in a home with traditional IP cameras. In addition, pet lovers are often desperate to see how their pets are doing while at work. Moorebot Scout is the right tool for them to patrol the house automatically 24/7.
A New Kind of Monitoring – Scout helps you to monitor your home from afar with no blind spots.
- A New Kind of Monitoring – Scout helps you to monitor your home from afar with no blind spots. Scout patrols your house 24/7. Then, the scout can find its way back to the charging dock and gets ready for the next assignment.
- Fun and Entertaining – Control Scout’s omnidirectional four-wheel drive from your smartphone and see your home differently.
- Learn and Create – Use the simple Scratch Programming UI via the included app to unleash your creativity. Scout is built upon an open-source ROS system and maintained by a robotic community.
- Smart Home – Voice control with Siri, Alexa, and Google Home. Stream video onto your Echo Show. Sensor triggered auto patrol.
- Privacy and Security – Privacy is ensured with a highly secured Peer-to-Peer protocol. Scout only follows a pre-programmed path. No peeking, no wandering around.
- Innovative and Utilitarian – Originated as an idea from the robotic community, a toy, product, delivery, and worldwide. Depending on who is using it, it’s a tool, it’s a toy, it’s educational, and it’s fun!
Questions and Answers
1. What is Scout?
Scout is an autonomous mobile robot with four-wheel drive and mecanum wheels that lets you monitor, discover, and explore the world around you.
2. Does Scout require WiFi?
Yes. Scout support both WiFi direct and AP mode. In WiFi direct mode, the user may connect directly to Scout with mobile phones. Scout connects to your home router as an IoT device in AP mode.
3. What are the main functions of Scout?
Scout is a consumer-grade autonomous mobile robot (AMR) that can serve as a moving IP camera. Scout can be programmed to automatically patrol an area, transmitting video and images to the user’s phone and mobile devices. Scout’s batteries can last for about two hours of active use. It always goes back to its charging port as it nears running out of power. Scout also supports Scratch Language for additional programming functionality and learning simple programming skills for STEM education. Advanced developers can execute C/C++ programs on Scout. More extension tools can be designed as add-on skills to the robot. Much more can be done on this platform.
4. What are the AI features of Scout?
Scout runs on Linux + ROS. It can recognize objects such as the human body, pets, and more with Google’s TensorFlow. It also runs a Monocular SLAM algorithm to achieve autonomous patrol and find its charging port.
5. Does Scout connect to Alexa or Google Home?
Yes. Scout is compliant with Amazon Alexa and Google Home. You can expect to stream Scout’s visual to Alexa Show, Spot, and Google screen devices, send voice commands to control the robot’s movement and trigger patrol with smart home devices such as door sensors. Pairing can be done in Android and iOS apps from Alexa and Google home.
6. Why do I need an App? Where to download it?
Scout App is required to set up the robot and pair it with your Amazon and Google accounts. The App is available at the Apple App Store, Google Play, and Amazon Appstore.
7. How do I set up Scout?
Scout is a WiFi-connected device. The WiFi connection and quality are essential for Scout to work well. To set it up, please follow the below procedure:
i) Open the Scout App, register with your username and password, and confirm your email address.
ii) Turn on Scout and wait until the LED stops blinking. Out of factory condition, the Scout is set to WiFi direct mode.
iii) Use the mobile phone to connect directly to Scout, and send your home WiFi SSID and password to Scout. Once connected, you can control the robot and view its video image on the phone and other mobile devices.
iv) Press the WiFi button and switch Scout to WiFi AP mode. Scout will automatically connect to your home WiFi and become online. Scout supports dual-band, 2.4GHz, and 5GHz.
8. How do I reset Scout?
There is one aperture at the very back of Scout. Use a needle to long-press for 8 seconds, and Scout will reset to factory condition automatically. The process takes up to 2 minutes. Once reset, you need to set up WiFi and pair your Amazon account again.
9. How to monitor through Scout?
Use the Moorebot Scout App to view the image up to 1080P quality. Scout supports most of the IP camera features. In addition, it allows you to monitor your home from anywhere in the world. Two-way voice is also supported. Both Android and iOS apps are available.
10. Does Scout support motion detection?
Yes. Scout supports most of the IP camera features. In addition, motion detection is available when Scout is in its charging station.
11. Does Scout support sound detection?
Yes. Scout can start recording based on sound detection.
12. What do Mecanum wheels enable Scout to do?
Mecanum wheels are Omnidirectional. Scout can move in any direction on the surface.
13. Can Scout be controlled in real-time? Can it be driven (via a phone, laptop, or game controller), or does its movement need to be programmed?
Yes. Scout’s movement can be controlled in real-time from App. Scratch programming also allows users to control the movement of Scout.
14. What is the view angle of Scout?
Scout has a 120-degree camera with 1920 x 1080 FHD resolution. The orientation is landscape. The camera uptilts 18 degrees and expects to see a full body around a one-meter distance.
15. Can I save Scout videos?
Yes. Scout’s video can be saved to the onboard flash. During the patrol, if the event is triggered, such as a human body or pets are detected, the 13-second video clip can be saved to a cloud server if a cloud storage service is available.
16. Does Scout have night vision?
Yes, Scout has night vision. The IR light source is at the front row of the robot. Please make sure that nothing blocks IR light for night usage.
17. What is Scout’s AI-based recognition?
Scout can recognize many objects. However, only the human body and pet detections are open to users in the current version.
18. How to add a Scout Alexa skill?
Add Moorebot Scout skill to your Amazon account. The Moorebot Scout skill enables you to control the robot further, such as moving around and recording video.
19. Does Scout have a Microphone and Speaker?
Yes. Scout has a microphone in the front and a 1W speaker in the back. The microphone can be disabled in the App for privacy reasons.
20. How to set up a patrol path?
Go to the patrol path set up in the App. Control Scout to move along the desired path. During this time, a path is shown in the App. Name this patrol path and let Scout patrol autonomously along this path. If interests are detected, such as human body or pets, Scout would alert, record a 13-second video, and store the clip-on cloud server.
21. What is Scout’s top speed?
Scout can move up to 2km/hr speed.
22. What is the maximum obstacle that Scout can cross?
The maximum height of obstacles to cross is 15mm.
23. What is the maximum slope that Scout can climb?
The maximum slope to climb is 25 degrees.
24. How long can the battery last?
Once fully charged, the battery can last over two hours without night vision.
25. Can Scout climb stairs?
No Scout cannot climb stairs but can travel slopes up to 25 degrees and traverse obstacles ~ ½ inches.
26. What is Scratch?
Scratch is a graphical programming language. It is suitable for entry-level programmers. Scout supports Scratch and STEM education. You can explore and let Scout do more with customized programming.
27. Is Scout open source?
Yes. Scout is a robotic development platform. Scout’s robotic control layer is open source which allows serious developers to write C/C++ programs to enable more functionalities, including interfacing with other AR games.
28. How is my privacy protected?
Your privacy is our top priority. Scout’s streaming video has end-to-end encryption with a peer-to-peer connection. Two-way authentication is also supported for extra protection. If the user uses Scout as an IoT device (always connected), the microphone and the camera can be disabled in the App. In addition, the camera can have a physical blinder to cover it.
29. In which countries are Scout available?
Scout is currently available in the US, Europe, Australia, UAE, Canada, and other countries and continents except for Latin America and South Africa due to the current logistics obstacles.
30. What’s Scout’s warranty?
A 12-month warranty covers Hugo. Our warranty period begins on the date on which your product is received.