Under $2000 for a functional telepresence robot
Robots are typically very expensive devices often costing tens of thousands of dollars or more. The company has announced a cheap robot that is up for pre-order called the Double it uses an iPad on an extendable arm that is connected to two wheels powered by an electric motor. The idea is that the extendable arm puts the iPad at eye level with people.
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The Double robot is designed for companies who video conference with remote workers frequently. It can also be used by educational institutions and museums to allow people to visit from afar. The Double robot weighs in at 15 pounds and is controlled by another iPad using an application. The price for pre-order robots is $1999 not counting the required iPads.