iRobot launches ConnectR remote-controlled VoIP video robot

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Having unveiled the Looj gutter-cleaning robot earlier today, iRobot has now shown off another new bot, the ConnectR. It’s a ‘virtual communication and interaction’ robot designed for families.

Basically, it hooks up to your home Wi-Fi network, and lets you dial in remotely to have videochats and VoIP calls with people in the house (or pets, weirdly – if your dog doesn’t mind woofing into a communication robot).

ConnectR has a full tilt-and-zoom video camera, speaker, microphone and headlight, and can be remotely controlled via keyboard, mouse or joystick. iRobot is launching a limited pilot program this year selling ConnectR for $199, before it goes on sale properly early next year for “under $500”.

iRobot website

Stuart Dredge