This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.
CNET News Video: Robots connecting employees, families
About Video Comments (0 ) Transcript

CNET News Video: Robots connecting employees, families

1:59 /

The next time you have a board meeting to attend, perhaps your boss will join in via a robot. This vision from a futuristic film is becoming more and more of a reality as several Silicon Valley companies are developing advanced teleconferencing technologies to connect people around the world. CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports.

-With two eyes, two wheels, a sphere shaped head and a long neck, Anybots' Cubie Robot is strikingly humanlike and is designed to go where people go. -So here it is. This is the Cubie, right? -Correct. This is the Cubie. It's ultra mobile telepresence unit that you control via browser. -Hi. Good to see you. -And it allows you to be present without having to physically be at some place. -So you can be working at home while the Cubie is your eyes and ears at an office. Miles or even continents away. -He walks in, attends with me for a little bit, can hear what's going on, can speak, can see who's there. He controls his own movement. -While Anybots' $10,000 Cubie might be well suited for businesses, smaller, cheaper bots are also being developed for consumers. There is Motrr's Galileo, Romotive's Romo, and Claire Delaunay's Botiful. -Can I go back to my side? -Yeah, yeah, yeah. -Delaunay is bringing her idea to reality in her Silicon Valley garage. -So, I have an invention, it's a small telepresence robot. It walks with your cellphone and it use Skype as a way to call the robot and to move on the other environment. -Delaunay says her bot targets families with small children who can't stand still long enough for a conversation with the grandparent in front of the computer webcam. -I really designed Botiful to be a like a cute tiny mole that you can have into your house. -Delaunay is seeking funding to bring her idea to reality through the entrepreneurial website Kickstarter. Eventually, she plans on pricing her bots at $300 or less. -We finally reach a technological brand where their hardware is finally like cheap to do this kind of gadget. Can see? -Yes I can see. -In the not too distant future, robots like these could be rolling up to the boardroom or the dining room. In Silicon Valley, I'm Kara Tsuboi, CNET.com for CBS News.

New releases

Nvidia Shield Tablet: best tablet...
2:49 August 29, 2014
The 8-inch Shield Tablet boasts Nvidia's latest powerful Tegra K1 processor and graphics, and plugs into...
Play video
Indie Games of Summer
3:14 August 29, 2014
Five indie console games that you should check out right now.
Play video
The Lumo Lift is a fashionable...
1:34 August 29, 2014
Track your posture, step count, and calorie burn with this small magnetic fitness device.
Play video
Alienware revives the Area 51 desktop...
1:15 August 29, 2014
A pyramid-like design and new Intel Haswell-E hardware mark the return of a classic gaming desktop.
Play video
Wear next for wearables? in CNET...
30:46 August 29, 2014
Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of wearables, from watches to woolly wares. The team look forward...
Play video
Team Part-Time Scientists take...
3:22 August 29, 2014
To win the Google Lunar XPrize, you not only need to land a rover on the moon by the end of 2015, you'll also...
Play video
Easy ways to digitize your paper...
1:01 August 29, 2014
For a lot of students, no gadget or tablet can beat good old-fashioned paper and pen for taking notes. But,...
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 044: NASA advances...
21:48 August 28, 2014
On today's show, Ashley and Khail talk about NASA's newest milestone in its journey to Mars, Leap Motion Controller's...
Play video
 

Video discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre