The company behind the Roomba, robotic vacuum cleaner, iRobot is planning on offering a slew of additional service-style robots, with the help of 'Andy'. Apparently, an Android Tablet can become the perfect "Head" and "Brain" of their robotic designs. The iRobot CEO, Colin Angle, plans to create a market for mid-range, daily-helper, service robots, called an AVA. Here's a quote from the PhoneArena article with some details,That's pretty cool... soon we will have Google Androids, that will really be Androids. What do you guys think? Would you want a robotic assistant in your home?Angle explains how the tablet and AVA came together: "We in the robot industry realized this is a fantastic head for a robot...what was missing was the body." With the front-facing camera, microphone, speakers, and accelerometer, the XOOM requires only the body and the programming.
Some keen readers might remember that AVA was initially demonstrated with an iPad at CES. Angle explains that the change was made for features like voice and video chat. "We're tablet-agnostic...Right now, Android has what we need," explains Angle.
iRobot's hope is to sell AVA to developers this year, and enter businesses next year. And once the price comes down, AVA can enter homes, and provide everything from domestic assistance to virtual doctors' visits.
Source: Android.net via PhoneArena