OCULUS Laptop Robot

These are the kind of ideas which will make robots common place in our homes, simple and inexpensive – http://www.xaxxon.com/shop

This basic idea could be replicated with an iPhone as the ‘brains’ and Oculus could be replaced with more sophisticated, all terrain robot platforms which can climb or drive or even fly. For instance, the voice recognition of the iPhone could be utilised or even a small projector rather than a screen could be incorporated. Companion style robots could also be used with health and elder care modularity. Also interesting to know that OCULUS was funded through Kickstarter a community funding web site.

I get the feeling that anything is possible with the foundations of this idea. Just brilliant!

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6 thoughts on “OCULUS Laptop Robot

  1. gunthercx says:

    That is a very cool robot. I have been working on what is essentially a beefier version that could do things like pick up objects and go to the supermarket. It is not yet finished but it is at http://salviusrobot.blogspot.com if you are interested.

    • great project, Gunthercx: Do you think the humanoid robot has an immediate future in social robotics though? I get the impression that the humanoid form is problematic on so many levels that its usability is very limited.

      • gunthercx says:

        In my opinion a humanoid robot will increase the amount of usability that a robot has to offer since it will be able to do the same things as humans and be able to use tools that were designed for people rather than being restricted to only robot-specific areas and devices. I think that telepresence robots are going to become a very important part of the business world and the best ones will be able to interact with humans on a human level eg: a handshake or friendly gesture. Technology is an amazing thing and I am very excited to be a part of some of the latest developments in that field of research.

  2. Unfortunately there are already 7 Billion examples who can already do the things you mention and for a tiny percentage of the cost of humanoid robotic development & running costs, now or in the future!
    In a world where employment is at an all time low, humanoid robots will continue to be resisted at every turn by just about everybody, except perhaps humanoid robotocists, employers and the manufacturing elite. Sociorobotics is concerned with the ethical spaces & relationships which robots could fill and enhance rather than just replacing people with robots! Robots are only technology and as such need to be assistants which are able to do things that we find repulsive, difficult or impossible to do, (moreover all three). There is also the ‘uncanny valley’ hypothesis to consider as well as the perception that full sized humanoid robotics is nothing more socially and culturally advanced than mechanical slavery. Having said this, I’m not entirely against humanoid research just concerned with their application and dominance. We are after all a hundred years (not to mention trillions of dollars) into humanoid development and still perhaps another hundred years from perfection… or anything like it?
    I think the key to (socially equipped) robots commercial and popular success will depend on interaction design which targets ethical spaces in our personal, domestic, work and health\elder care domains. Biomimetically inspired elements of human physiology are already being surpassed, (i.e. snake-arms rather than human arms or wheels\tracks rather than bipedal/legs). Small, ubiquitous robots like Roomba are already demonstrating these principles and yet still falling way short of expectations, hoovering whilst we are out is just one very small task contemporary research tells us that we want our domestic robots to do. To really hit the mark they need to be all terrain, modular and multi-tasking, have telepresence and have a form which we individually prefer, even perhaps small humanoids!

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