This particular Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner is not exactly the in thing at the moment, but you know the proverb – waste not, want not. What do you do with a partially destroyed Roomba? Why, the answer would be to take it in, restore it while performing some tinkering with its innards and throwing in additional parts, and you end up with a telepresence robot which can be controlled over a Google+ Hangout. While this telepresence robot will not make an appearance at the Academy Awards anytime soon, it still has been dubbed “Oscar”, and can be controlled by any of the participants in that particular video chat session. Of course, having something as fun as this might translate to you having a hard time relinquishing control to the rest of your mates.
The robot’s view can be seen by everyone as there is a tablet with a webcam that is mounted on it. Those who are near Oscar can also check out the particular Hangout session that is going on, how neat is that?
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- 2013-11-07: Google Hangouts Update With SMS Support Finally Released
- 2013-10-20: Google Hangouts For iOS Gets Voice Integration
- 2013-08-28: Google Hangouts Getting HD Quality Video
- 2013-05-22: Google+ Mobile Site Gets A New Google Now Style Design
- 2012-11-14: Goomba and other Nintendo icons rock your iRobot vacuum cleaner
- 2012-08-14: Roomba 650 and Looj 300 cleaning robots launched by iRobot
- 2012-08-01: Roomba reincarnated to be Oscar the telepresence robot