Many roboticists approach design with a “build first, ask questions later” attitude, creating a product without thinking about how it will be used by consumers. Here at Revolve, our approach is the opposite. We entered the telepresence space intent on discovering exactly what qualities make high end systems so effective and distilling them into an affordable product. During this process we developed a set of guidelines that now serve as a design model for our business.
5 Rules of Revolve Robotics
- Solve a real problem
- Focus on the product, not the robot
- Be simple and intuitive
- Solve 90% of the problem at 10% of the competitor’s price
- Never sacrifice quality for cost
So How Does This Help Your Business?
There is no doubt that, when implemented correctly, telepresence can boost the productivity of any size company. But quality videoconferencing systems (at $250-500K per unit) are generally out of budget for most small and medium sized businesses. While less costly alternatives exist, issues with internet connectivity, poor video and low quality audio have plagued many inexpensive options.
Telepresence works because the immersive experience inherently drives productivity and collaboration. When remote participants feel as if they are interacting face to face with one another, they communicate more effectively. High quality systems accomplish this with life sized HD video screens, clear, crisp audio and insulated, specially designed conference rooms. Funding an elaborate virtual conference system is a costly proposition, so we began looking at other ways to achieve a similar experience.
Recent developments in high grade consumer and enterprise video clients have made quality video and audio possible at any budget. The challenge is building that high quality video/audio package into an immersive, engaging and budget friendly videoconferencing experience. We realized that adding motion to the camera and handing control over to the far end user creates a level of interaction that approaches the effectiveness of large scale videoconferencing systems.
Integrating this concept into a web controlled, motion-enabled tablet stand was the perfect choice for several reasons. Most tablets support a wide array of video clients, so virtually any teleconferencing software can be used to initiate the call. And the bluetooth 4.0 software utilized by most modern devices creates an easy, seamless connection between KUBI and tablet. Tablets also allow businesses to capitalize on technology that is already heavily utilized by their employees, further minimizing the initial investment.
The result was an affordable, practical solution that works with tablets people already own, and works in conjunction with free or affordable cloud-based video conferencing clients like Vidyo, BlueJeans, Zoom and Vidtel. KUBI was born.
Have you recently adopted tablet telepresence in your business? Share your experience in the comments.