This Robot Won't Ruin Your Child's Appetite

Feb. 8, 2007
NetTansor, a compact mobile robot designed for families and hobbyists, comes in a kit that features an onboard camera, wireless network connection, intelligent vision system, and PC software.

NetTansor, a mobile robot, could keep an eye on the kids while the parents are out.


NetTansor, a compact mobile robot designed for families and hobbyists, comes in a kit that features an onboard camera, wireless network connection, intelligent vision system, and PC software. Users can access NetTansor remotely from the Internet and drive it around the home to check on pets. Users can create programs for the robot to run entirely on its own, such as having the robot patrol the house and send pictures to a mobile phone.

NetTansor can recognize and respond to what it sees in specific locations in the home. For example, a parent can program NetTansor to recognize the kitchen and play a personal voice message if it sees a child with a box of cookies before dinner. Standing 12 in. tall, NetTansor has a three-wheel driving base, integrated video camera, microphone and speaker, along with a built-in wireless card and antenna.

The kit, so far available only in Japan, will sell for about $415. Japanese toymaker Consumers Bandai, worked with Evolution Robotics, Pasadena, Calif., a consumer robot company, to incorporate ViPR visual-pattern-recognition technology.

 

Sponsored Recommendations

How BASF turns data into savings

May 7, 2024
BASF continuously monitors the health of 63 substation assets — with Schneider’s Service Bureau and EcoStruxure™ Asset Advisor. ►Learn More: https://www.schn...

Agile design thinking: A key to operation-level digital transformation acceleration

May 7, 2024
Digital transformation, aided by agile design thinking, can reduce obstacles to change. Learn about 3 steps that can guide success.

Can new digital medium voltage circuit breakers help facilities reduce their carbon footprint?

May 7, 2024
Find out how facility managers can easily monitor energy usage to create a sustainable, decarbonized environment using digital MV circuit breakers.

The Digital Thread: End-to-End Data-Driven Manufacturing

May 1, 2024
Creating a Digital Thread by harnessing end-to-end manufacturing data is providing unprecedented opportunities to create efficiencies in the world of manufacturing.

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of Machine Design, create an account today!