Low Budget Telepresence for Your Tablet

December 11, 2012 by Christopher Isak 12 Comments »

Revolve Robotics to turn your tablet into a Telepresence device soon?

Not yet another app but a high-tech tablet stand, that is what the people from Revolve Robotics are introducing to the market and they call it “Kubi”.

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The sleek design and the wide range of possible applications for Kubi allows you to use it as personal Telepresence device for the home office as well as it could provide a low-budget Telepresence solution to small to medium-sized meeting rooms.

Who is Revolve Robotics?

Based in San Francisco (USA), Revolve Robotics was founded earlier this year by Artificial Muscle, Inc. (AMI) founder Marcus Rosenthal and Key System Designer and Product Visionary Ilya Polyakov.

How to get it?

Kubi is currently available for pre-order at indiegogo.com for the price of $199 instead of the targeted retail price of $249. As this is a new product you may also support the Revolve Robotics start-up and the Kubi tablet stand on the very same web page.

What can it be used with?

Kubi is designed and tested to work with the Apple tablet line-up (e.g. iPad3, iPad4 and iPad mini) but it is said to be basically compatible with every device that supports Bluetooth 4.0 as well. An iOS app is currently on the way as per developers and an Android solution is planned to be completed in the future as well.

Technically this would include newer smartphones as well, however the current Kubi model does not have arms small enough to hold the device properly. Perhaps Revolve Robotics will surprise us in the future with a solution that concentrates entirely on smartphones and similar devices.

How does it look like?

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Product designs like the Kubi and start-ups like Revolve Robotics indicate that both Telepresence technology as well as BYOD is not just a trend in the market. The applications and the hardware might change but at least two things are clear:

  1. Telepresence (a.k.a. Video Conferencing) is here to stay
  2. Enterprise and consumer technology will continue to merge

That much being said I am looking forward to hear more from Kubi as well as from the start-up company Revolve Robotics and wish them all the best for the release of their high-tech tablet stand.

The Introduction of Kubi

  • Telepresence Girl

    It might be that I overlooked something on review but why can it not be docked for charging batteries?
    Why does it not connect to attached microphone and stereo speakers to improve the telepresence experience?

    Right now its just really now a stand / mount with some lights on, is it not?

    Maybe the next version will able to dock devices and connect them to improved hardware?

    Very critical I know … sorry

  • Not Agreeing

    I don’t see it as critical as the poster above.
    Its a cool gadget that doesn’t promise anything more than it does.

    If buyers gonna read the description they get what they wanted.

    After all the Apple folks are not really into details … they want the shiny gadget that’s gonna do something with their iPad.

    It might be a little expensive for a stand compared to a flip over cover that would more or less do the same but this is definitively a more “enterprise” approach than anything else ive seen so far.

  • The VC Smurf

    If they make it look around by dtmf remote control ill buy one.
    If they build it on wheels to drive around with ill buy two.

    And if they add arms and legs I will buy an army of telepresence walkers!

  • Anonymous

    Did you see the video? I think Kubi already does turn around.

  • Anonymous

    New articles coming soon?

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      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003407374848 Isabel

        I agree wholeheartedly a clear deiifntion of the types and uses of video communication is required so that buyers know what to shop for. Once we define teh solutions, let’s not slip into a chorus of travel savings either. While saving expense dollars IS a financial benefit to the business, it is not a business benefit in the same category as faster product development cycles, radical increases in customer face time, better first call resolution, or higher manufacturing throughput. Video used in a business process to advance completion of strategic and tactical objectives can lead to competitive advantage or even differentiation.There are still technical and business issues (e.g., interop) to be worked out before all of the business value promised by video can be realized, but the value of clear communication is much higher than just travel savings.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003407445347 Fuad

        Thanks so much for your thoughts, Henry. I atellubsoy agree that the industry has become too reliant on “travel savings” rather than discussing how video collaboration can solve real business problems. I am not sure if that is a result of laziness or the uncomfortable truth that some vendors may not exactly know how their products can help businesses succeed. There are a number of benefits video collaboration provides beyond the cliche9 ones we hear about on a near-daily basis. It’s time for a radical shift in the way this industry markets itself.

  • Joseph McLen

    Hi – I searched and found it. Thanks for the post. Joseph McLen

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      Sure, companies have every right to be proud of the inatonvive solutions they’ve created, but my argument is: does that mean anything to the customer? Did you buy your last toaster because it was the most inatonvive one on the market, or because it worked well and was worth the money? LifeSize has always hung its hat on innovation and yes, we are very proud of that. But at the end of the day, customers have to know how your solution helps them achieve their business goals and that’s going to be OUR goal moving forward.Not for a moment would I like to suggestion Innovation isn’t important, it absolutely is, BUT for many clients other factors can be more important.

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