HOISINGTON, Kansas – It’s been months since Austin Brack has been in a classroom, but that hasn’t stopped him from attending his kindergarten class.
He now uses a robot to go to school.
“It’s been huge for him. It’s given him a little bit more of a purpose,” said Amanda Brack, Austin’s mom.
Austin is diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson syndrome...
Las Vegas—January 07, 2014—Double Robotics, Inc. today announced at the 2014 International CES that the charging dock accessory for the Double telepresence robot is now available for pre-order through www.doublerobotics.com.
“The charging dock has been the most requested accessory for Double,” said David Cann, CEO and Co-founder of Double Robotics, Inc. “We’re excited to provide our customers with an accessory that makes it even easier to connect remotely. Our ambitious engineers designed Double to be future-compatible with the charging dock, so that even our earliest customers can take advantage of this powerful upgrade. The dock is designed around a single beautifully sculpted block of aluminum, so customers can proudly park their Double in the office.”
The charging dock is compatible with all Double robots that have been previously purchased. The dock charges both Double and the attached iPad simultaneously. A video demonstration of the dock is available on the Double robotics website.
A new iPad mount that supports iPad charging will be standard on all new units and included with a dock purchase free for customers with legacy iPad mounts. The docking station is sold for $299 and will begin shipping in February 2014.
Double is part of the Apple Made for iPad Program and is compatible with iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation), iPad (4th generation), and iPad Air.
We'll be at CES South Hall booth #31845 all week! Come by and say hello, if you're at the show.
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We're excited that Double was featured in an episode of NCIS: Los Angeles. Watch the full episode here:
These videos are all made by our customers! We're thrilled that they enjoy their Doubles enough to make these great videos.
We love comedy and we're honored to be featured in this segment on The Colbert Report.
Double Now Available via Online Apple Store
We began shipping to customers in May 2013. Since then, we've seen over $2 million in sales and shipped units throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Double is designed and hand-assembled in California at our headquarters. Double will continue to be available at doublerobotics.com and distributors.
iPad Air Compatibility is Coming!
We know that many customers are eager to use a new iPad Air in their Double. We're happy to announce that we have a low-cost solution to make all shipped Doubles compatible with the new iPad Air's smaller frame. The cameras and buttons are in the same places relative to previous iPads. We have designed a spacer that make your iPad Air fit snugly in Double's iPad case. Here's a 3D rendering of this new spacer:
The Spacer for iPad Air will be available to ship by December 15th, 2013, barring any production delays. Any customers who purchased a Double on or after October 15th (one week before the iPad Air announcement) can request a Spacer for free! Other customers can purchase a Spacer for just $10 + shipping (Update: Spacers are now free and come with every Double in the box!). An order form will be made available on our website as the ship date approaches. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Customer Support Improvements
We're happy to announce that we now have a dedicated customer support team and a brand new support site at: support.doublerobotics.com. Our goal is to respond to all requests on the same day (during California business hours) or within 24 hours. Please email email@example.com at any time.
Also, check out this article on Guided Access Mode, which we highly recommend as a way to keep the Double app open and available, even after a crash or alert pops up.
iOS App Version 1.3 - Improved Battery Life
We released an update to our iPad and iPhone app last week. It features improved battery life for the robot's iPad while in standby mode. The screen will automatically dim to 0% brightness after a few minutes. This allows you to leave your iPad's screen on without worrying about screen burn-in or the battery running out too quickly. Combined with Guided Access Mode, this can be a powerful way to ensure Double is available at all times.
Double drivers love the intuitive interface on iPad and the Chrome web browser. Our iPad and web interfaces provide fine-grained control of the great features of Double, such as motorized height, parking, remote volume control, the downward camera, and more. These controls are seamlessly integrated, allowing the driver to focus on the video stream. This interface makes driving Double easy, efficient, and enjoyable.
Many of our users wanted the ability to drive Double from their iPhone and we couldn't agree more. We believe that driving your Double from an iPhone provides even more flexibility and mobility. You may not be in front of a computer or with your iPad, but you most likely always have your iPhone on hand.
We're pleased to announce that you can now drive Double from your iPhone! We worked hard to maintain an intuitive and simple, but feature-rich interface on the iPhone's smaller screen. You can even drive over a decent 4G or LTE connection on your iPhone. We think we've come up with a pretty good solution and invite your feedback, so we can make it even better.
Leo Laporte from the TWiT network unboxes his Double live and drives it for the first time around the studio.