Student's senior project helps home-bound students attend school

Jake McEwen has decided to dedicate his senior project to home-bound students, like Jasmine Fatmi, an eight grader at Sebasticook Valley Middle School in Newport. With the help of a Double, he hopes to give them the chance to experience the school day with friends, which they’ve never had before. 

The project will give home-bound students another outlook, outside of their homes’ four walls, being a part of the community and essentially learning beside their peers.

“Any student who comes to the district now, they don’t just have to be home-schooled now, they’ll actually be able to go to class with their friends,” says McEwen.

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Bon Secours Medical Center Uses Double Robotics to Visit Patients

Dr. Robert Lancey is a cardiothoracic surgeon at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center in Virginia. He demonstrates how he uses his Double, visiting his patients and making his rounds around the hospital. Dr. Lancey uses his Double to visit his patients post surgery to check up on them and see how they are doing. Using his iPhone, Dr. Lancey is able to connect to patients whenever he wants.

“I used it initially to try it out and see how it worked. Now I use it frequently, almost every night, for a fresh post-operative patient who has just come out of the operating room. It gives me a little bit of peace of mind.” … “The patients recognize my face and usually burst into a big smile.”

Audio Kit Pre-Orders Have Begun Shipping

Just a quick note – we began shipping Audio Kits to pre-order customers on Tuesday. We're about half way through the pre-order list. They're being assembled locally in California, so we're getting more every day for the next week.

However, we've had so many pre-orders that we've sold out the first batch of parts. The second batch of parts is already underway and will arrive in 3-6 weeks. We're expediting them as much as possible. New Audio Kit orders will ship in March.


Double Helps School Save $20K!

CESA 10, an agency based in Chippewa Falls, provides services for school districts.

Last year it received a Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction grant to improve literacy of students with disabilities in the five school districts that include Bloomer and Lake Holcombe. The districts were selected for the program based on student achievement data.

A trainer was flown in to help, and over a 10-day period the trainer visited the five districts. Webinars were also used. The trainer then flew out of Wisconsin.

The cost: $30,000.

Lindamood-Bell told CESA about the robot program. So the agency switched to “Lucky” for its second year of grants from the DPI.

“This year, with the robot, we’re spending less than $10,000,” Margenau said.


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VirtualSC Double Robot Project

VirtualSC is a free state-sponsored online program serving students currently attending public, private and home schools in grades 7-12 and Adult Education Programs. They are using Double to provide schools that need teachers specializing in certain subject areas. With the Double, these off-site instructors can help out in the classrooms without the hassle of traveling to the schools, especially those in rural areas.

Currently, VirtualSC is testing Double out in two locations. "I feel like she was actually standing in front of us, as if she was here in real life and it wasn't like we were talking to a regular robot," says Toni, one of the Lead Academy students. Rodney Johnson, a Lead Academy principal was delighted to see the robot in the classroom. "It was really neat and just seeing it move around the classroom really exceeded my expectations."

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Portalarium & Double

If you ever visit Portalarium in Austin, Texas, you might see a Double roaming around. 

Richard Garriott, Portalarium's CEO & private astronaut, uses the Double almost every day to communicate with his team. From his home in New York, Garriott will call into his Double first thing in the morning and stay logged into his robot throughout the day. "It's so close to being there, that we often forget if for certain meetings if I was present physically or 'tele-robotically'," says Garriott. Executive Producer, Starr Long, believes that Double is the best solution for them. "It would be impossible to do our projects without something like the Double." 

Dunseith Elementary saves $75k with the help of a Double!

In years past, The Lindamood-Bell program would send an employee to schools all around the nation to help teachers tailor reading programs for their students. By replacing that person with a Double, it's saved Dunseith Elementary $75,000.

(Rebecca Ward, Dunseith Elementary Principal) "It's a robot. It's something that they aren't use to, but by being able to interact with that robot, it seems to help them focus a little more on the material they are suppose to be doing.

The schools robot coach also mentors schools in Honduras. Dunseith's principal says like many rural schools around America this gives them the ability to get the same teacher support as a large city. 

To watch the video and read the full article, please visit this link: http://www.kxnet.com/story/26671988/dunseith-welcomes-robot-coach

Announcing Double App for iOS Version 2.0

We're excited to announce version 2.0 of the Double app! The app is now live in the App Store. The previous version (1.6) is not compatible with iOS 8, so please update your app when you update your iOS.

This update is focused on improving the driving experience. High quality video is now possible and is automatically enabled on newer iPads! The driver can pinch to zoom or capture a full-resolution photo. This helps tremendously with reading whiteboards. There's a "Night Vision" mode that slows down the shutter speed to help you see when the lights are out. Robot height and speaker controls are now easier to access – just slide swipe up/down anywhere on the screen, left side for the robot speaker and the right side for robot height. This is a free update for all users.

Here's a full list of the new features:

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