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Telepresence robots for all needs and wallets
ROVIO is a small rover with a webcam and omnidirectional wheels for home use. Created by Hong Kong toy maker WowWee.
VGO is a sleek, 1.2-meter-high office robot with a tilting camera and small LCD. Sold by Vgo Communications, of Nashua, N.H.
TiLR is a rugged robot for offices and factories with a powerful mobile base. Created by RoboDynamics, of Santa Monica, Calif.
GIRAFFE is a 1.7-meter-high robot with a large display designed for health-care and home use. Sold by HeadThere, of San Francisco.
RP-7i is a hospital robot used by doctors to check on patients. Created by InTouch Health, of Santa Barbara, Calif.
SPARKY JR. is a DIY project that anyone can replicate. Designed by San Francisco–based artist Marque Cornblatt.
TEXAI is a robot that uses off-the-shelf parts and the Robot Operating System. Created by Willow Garage, of Menlo Park, Calif.
Photos: Col. 1: WowWee; Vgo Communications; RoboDynamics; Col. 2: HeadThere; InTouch Health; Col. 3; Marque Cornblatt; Willow Garage