2015 - Day 1

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42 | 2015 INTERNATIONAL CES DAILY | JANUARY 6-9, 2015 ROBOTICS CESWEB.ORG #CES2015 Robotics Marketplace Spotlights Next-Generation Robots BY PENNY GILL W hen it comes to robotics, yesterday's sci- ence f ction is well on its way to becom- ing today's science reality. That fact is in clear focus throughout the exhibits in the Robotics Marketplace, one of 20 category-specif c exhibit ar- eas at the 2015 International CES created to group companies and products that are pushing the envelope on new technology and innovation. Located at CES Tech West within the Sands Expo and presented by Robotic Trends, the Robotics Marketplace is spot- lighting products ranging from person- al robotic helpers, to toys and enter- tainment devices, to business tools and more. The exhibit area is 25 percent larger than last year's section, signaling the continued growth of the category and its potential to transform not only the consumer electronics industry, but consumers' everyday life. As Wendy Roberts, CEO of Five El- ements Robotics , an exhibitors in the Marketplace, stated, "We envision ro- bots becoming part of the family, much like a pet is today. Currently, robots are made that perform very specif c func- tions. As the prices of the components drop, we expect that robots will start to have more func- tions above and beyond their original problem space, similar to the cellphone today." Five Elements Ro- botics' booth features Budgee, a friendly robot assistant engineered to follow its consumer owners and carry up to 50 pounds of their things. Maintain- ing a distance set by the user, the robot tracks its owner by means of a transceiver that the consum- er carries or attaches to a belt or purse. Capable of moving at speeds up to 1.8 meters per second, or 4 mph (the pace of a fast walk), Budgee can be used indoors or outdoors and talks to its owners through their smartphone or tablet to let them know its sta- tus. The robot folds up for convenient transportation and storage and weighs an easy-to-lift 20 pounds. It has a battery life of up to 10 hours and recharges in 2.5 to three hours. Targeting the business market, Mantaro is dem- onstrating its MantaroBot TeleMe TelePresence ro- bots, which allow users to remotely interact with co-workers and associates and their environment. The robot devices may also be used for virtual visits with family, such as an elderly parent. The f agship MantaroBot TeleMe has a wheeled base and mast that is designed to hold an iPad, iPhone, or Galaxy Tab through which users can video conference using the tablet's camera. Unlike traditional video conferenc- ing with a static screen, with TeleMe, users can move around the room to observe participants and activi- ties from a variety of vantage points. The TeleMe's control app is compatible with many audio/video conferencing applications and the robot features infrared sensors that automati- cally reduce speed when an obstacle is detected, as well as a three-axis accelerometer with automatic stop to prevent tip-over. Wi-Fi enabled, the device offers tilt and optional pan functions for wider viewing range, and is powered by a rechargeable lead-acid battery. Mantaro is also showcasing its MantaroBot Table- Top TeleMe, and soon-to-be-released MantaroBot TeleMe 2, the latter featuring an updated drivetrain and new options including 360-degree rotating mast and LED headlights at the base. FIND THEM HERE Five Elements Robotics BOOTH 72135 Mantaro BOOTH 72139 Mantaro's MantaroBot TeleMe Five Elements' Budgee

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