The Cummings Library recently received a new tech item: the Double Telepresence Robot from the Apple store. An anonymous donor thought it would be worthwhile to start replacing the library staff with robots. We will of course be keeping a few staff members in the library to help open doors and carry books, but we appreciate the donation and think that this is a step in the right direction. You can stop in to see our robot-powered librarians during normal library hours. You can also view the pictures and the video below to see it in use at the library!
More about the robot (from apple.com):
Double Robotics’ Double Telepresence Robot transforms telecommuting by allowing a significantly deeper level of interaction with other remote team members. That’s because Double takes all the great aspects of video calls via an iPad and places them on a mobile base that puts the remote worker in control.
Traditional videoconferencing is an essential tool for telecommuters. But scheduling a call or asking someone to set up a laptop for a video chat is often a big hassle. Having your own Double in the office means you can freely roam around anywhere without having to schedule a meeting. Double places your iPad on a mobile base that you control remotely. Your Double is always on, ready to take you anywhere you need to go. So you’ll never again miss out on an important conversation at work.
• Drive around while on a two-way video call
• Self-balancing base on wheels
• Motorized height adjustment from 47 to 59 inches
• Dual kickstands for power saving while at rest
• Lightweight design ensures a safe environment
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