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HeadThere Giraffe Telepresence Robot

The Giraffe is a new telepresence robot created by HeadThere, an engineering start-up based in San Francisco. Giraffe lets you put your "head there" right next to your client or co-workers.


(HeadThere Giraffe telepresence robot)

The Giraffe consists of a video screen and camera mounted on a robotic base; the stalk is adjustable for meeting with people who are standing or sitting. The 2 megapixel camera lets you see everything, and a 14 inch diagonal screen lets everyone see your face. The speaker lets everyone hear what your head has to say.

Special software on your PC or laptop allows you to log into your Giraffe and control its movements, including scooting here and there by maneuvering the robot's base. Presumably, you have a computer with voice input; this allows you to talk to others remotely.


(HeadThere Giraffe telepresence robot)

The screen has a remotely-adjustable tilt to allow you to pan the camera; it also makes it look like you're actually paying attention.


(HeadThere Giraffe telepresence robot)

In their 1981 novel Oath of Fealty, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle provide a great fictional "taste" of what this would be like:

If he sent out two or three of the small tele-operated devices (he called them Arr-twos after the small droid in Star Wars), Rand could effectively be in several places at once...
(Read more about robot probes)

Check out these other fun examples of teleconferencing and telepresence robots:

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