While telepresence robots are nothing, they’re often either hacked together or a bit on the pricey side. But a little Kickstarter robot is about the change all of that – say hello to Botiful.
Botiful aims to bring telepresence to the everyday consumer, and easily integrates with any Android phone via Bluetooth. The little robot can then be controlled via Skype on a tablet or computer, and adds a new level of interactivity to the conversation. The robot can also be programmed with different and creative apps, and as founder Claire Delaunay puts it, “will change the way you communicate with distant people.”
The robot is already up and running and comes with its own SDK to allow developers to add new sensors and tweak how the robot behaves. While there are only a few working prototypes at the moment, Botiful is looking for a $90,000 goal on Kickstarter to start manufacturing in November, and is already past the halfway mark, with Ahti Heinla, Co-founder and former chief architect of Skype being one of the recent backers of the project. While Botiful is currently only available for Android, Delaunay has promised that iPhone development will commence if the project hits a goal of $100,000.
For a demonstration on Botiful and to pledge support, check out the Kickstarter page here.