Roambotics is the latest recipient of the Proto Labs Cool Idea! Award, a
program that helps turn promising concepts into market-ready products
with quick-turn manufactured parts for prototyping, design iterations,
testing or pilot production. The three-man team at Roambotics was
recognized for its design of an autonomous personal robot named Jr.
Jr., from Roambotics, is a freestanding wheel that moves independently to capture high-quality video and still images. (Photo: Business Wire)
Jr. is a freestanding wheel that moves independently through a home or
workplace environment while audio sensors and four onboard cameras
capture high-quality video and still images. Its initial capabilities -
which include nearly 360 degrees of vision - will focus on security. If
an intruder enters a home, for example, a Roambot can send a text or
email notification to the homeowner alerting them of a break-in. "Our
primary advantage over existing security systems is that there is no
invasive installation, our software uses machine learning to get smarter
over time, and the device does not remain in a static, predictable
position," says Roambotics CEO and co-founder Scott Menor.
The first wave of roambots will be Wi-Fi- and Bluetooth-enabled with an
optional cellular data plan that users can purchase. Connectivity allows
all of the data gathered by Jr. to stream throgh the cloud directly to
the Roambotics network and smartphone app. Content can then be securely
pushed to or pulled by users.
"Our goal is to make a personal robot that is an integrated part of your
household," says Menor. "We want Jr. to look and feel robust - like an
appliance that belongs in your home - and to be intuitive and useful."
As the Roambotics continues to develop Jr., new abilities will be
integrated such as three-dimensional mapping of spaces, capturing
spontaneous moments at social gatherings and health care monitoring of
"The robotics market is dominated by expensive, special-purpose,
industrial robots, and inexpensive toys," explains Menor. Jr. is the
first step towards Roambotics' long-term objective of designing an
affordable human-scale personal robot.
"We were attracted by the friendly, non-threatening unicycle form factor
of the Roambotics Jr.," says Proto Labs' founder, Larry Lukis. "The
intriguing design is both aesthetic and functional, and we're excited
that the Cool Idea! Award can help advance the Jr. toward commercial
Launched in 2011, the Proto Labs Cool Idea! Award gives a total of
$250,000 in services each year to entrepreneurs developing new products
in the United States and Europe. Unlike other product awards that
recognize products after they're in mass production and on store
shelves, the Cool Idea! Award is meant to help innovative ideas come to
life. For more information about the Cool Idea! Award and to apply,
About Proto LabsProto Labs (NYSE: PRLB) is a leading online and
technology-enabled quick-turn manufacturer of custom parts for
prototyping and low- to mid-volume production. Proto Labs provides "Real
Parts, Really Fast" by utilizing injection molding, computer numerical
control (CNC) machining and additive manufacturing to produce parts for
product designers and engineers worldwide. Go to www.protolabs.com
for more information about Proto Labs and its service.
About RoamboticsRoambotics is based in Arizona where they are
developing the hardware and mobility platform to launch Jr. to market,
but also more advanced versions of Jr. in the future. Learn more about
them at www.roambotics.com.
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