Cali Lewis from GeekBeat unboxes her Double live in the studio.
Cali Lewis from GeekBeat unboxes her Double live in the studio.
Cali Lewis from GeekBeat unboxes her Double live in the studio.
Sábado Gigante is the longest running TV show by Univision, an American Spanish broadcast TV network.
Last weekend, show co-host Setareh Khatibi called in on a Double from Los Angeles, California, to join co-host Don Francisco, live on the set in Miami, Florida.
See what happens!
The Double team is represented by Romina (spokesperson) and David (CEO).
High performance customer service.
A2 Wind Tunnel is located in Mooresville, North Carolina. 2662 miles to the west of A2 in Stockton, California is Williams Cycling, a bicycle company who needs to test their new bicycle frame in A2's wind tunnel.
A2 realizes that their customer's travel expenses often surpass the cost of the wind tunnel test itself. The time commitment alone would mean that the team from Williams Cycling would be out of office for 3 whole days: 2 days just for traveling to and from, and 1 day for the actual testing in the wind tunnel.
How would an east coast company help a west coast company reduce (or eliminate) these hidden costs in doing business with them?
Williams Cycling reps viewing their wind tunnel test via the Double, that A2 nicknamed A2D2
A2 decided to equip their facility with a Double.
Now all of A2's customers from anywhere in the world can test their products in A2's tunnel almost effortlessly, without losing time, while saving money.
Williams reps had total control of A2D2, driving it around the wind tunnel and the control room. We discussed data, proposed ideas and truly engaged them in the test from thousands of miles away. This is a revolutionary offering that will save our customers money and improve their time in the tunnel; we’re very pleased to now offer A2D2, and many thanks to Double Robotics for making this possible.-David Salazar, A2 Wind Tunnel
To have this access to a facility with the capability of A2 is huge for a company like ours. The ability to simply log on to the test from our office and interact with Dave as if we were right there in A2 was quite an experience. Not only did it save us a lot of money in travel expenses, but with full access to the tunnel at our control, we felt like we were actually there every step of the way. Now prototype testing is going to be almost effortless as we can send something right away to get tested and have immediate results while saving us time and money.-Keith Williams, Williams Cycling
We've started shipping!
In fact, we've shipped about 100 Doubles now and we'll ship about a thousand by September. We've been getting hundreds of calls and emails from around the world asking about when your unit will ship, so we can't thank you enough for your continued patience as our team works tirelessly to make your Doubles as fast as possible.
There's 2 more days to place a pre-order before the special $500 off expires. If you have already pre-ordered, your special price is locked in--no further action necessary. We will contact you just before your unit is ready to ship.
We were recently invited by Gartner to showcase the Double at the recent CIO Leadership Forum in Huntington Beach, California. In addition, we were also invited to be on a panel to share best practices in innovation.
Photo of the panel in Huntington Beach, Calif. Dr. Sasi Pillay from Washington D.C. (NASA's CIO) is on the Double. On Sasi's right is Tom Soderstrom (microphone in hand), IT CTO for NASA JPL. On Sasi's left is Jay Liew from Double Robotics.
Dr. Sasi Pillay, NASA's CIO from Washington D.C. was one of the panelists but could not make it at the very last minute because of the new strict limits on employee travel, due to the recent 2013 federal budget sequestration.
Tamra Hall (VP, Executive Partner at Gartner) who was the panel moderator asked us if we could have Dr. Pillay be on the panel remotely, over a Double. After all, the Double is for telepresence and the only thing we needed was a regular wifi connection.
We were excited about taking on such a high profile challenge, especially in a room full of billion dollar company CIOs. We called up Dr. Pillay in D.C. and gave him the URL to our web interface, which works from a regular web browser.
He called in about 10-15 minutes before the session started, as the attendees walked in. Ms. Hall kicked it off by introducing the panelists, then launching into a few questions of her own before opening up the Q&A to the audience. It worked great. Dr. Pillay fielded the questions just like any other member on the panel.
We'd like to thank Gartner & NASA (and the travel budget cut!) for the opportunity to show just how the Double can help companies reduce their travel costs. Dr. Pillay may have been ~2600 miles away from where he needed to be, but the Double made that problem irrelevant.
Being the small 6-person startup company that we are, we had many worries before CES 2013, where technology companies go to show off their latest & greatest. It's like a popularity contest and, as a small company with even smaller budget for trade-show booths, we were severely under-dressed. Thoughts that crossed our minds:
We didn't even have free pens, keychains, etc. with our logo on it to give out. Our booth at CES would have won the most "underdressed" booth award, if there was one.
We crossed our fingers and hoped that we could compensate for the lack of an over-the-top booth with the one product we've spent many nights sweating over: the Double.
Technically, no over-the-counter sales is allowed at CES, so Robin is pre-ordering it online (but he wanted the photo for his CFO with his credit card in it)
This is how a CEO (Robin Winsor, of Cybera, Inc. on the left) tells his CFO back at the office that he is definitely getting a Double. Thanks Robin!
We're excited to be interviewed on TechCrunch's live stream coverage of CES (click to play YouTube video above). Thanks to Matt, Jordan, John and Greg from the TechCrunch team!
Leo Laporte pre-orders it, live on his show!
Oh we should get one. I gotta get one. Yeah. I gotta get one. Because then I can be here even when I'm not.We had several people pester me at our booth to sell them the demo units right there and then. I said I absolutely need my robots until the very last day of the show, and they actually came back to offer even more money. We're thankful and flattered. (No, I didn't sell - the only right price is the one on our web site - in case you were wondering)
"How will you use it?" ON TV.
I WANT THIS! I'M GETTING IT. Welcome to the future!
New York, NY – September 21, 2012. Grishin Robotics (http://grishinrobotics.com) announcing today its $250,000 investment into Double Robotics (http://www.doublerobotics.com). Parties do not disclose other terms of the deal.
Double Robotics, which has graduated recently from Y Combinator (http://ycombinator.com), builds telepresence robots, characterized by ground-breaking price ($2,499, also it can be pre-ordered now just for $1,999), great design, light weight and high level of simplicity – it works right “out of box” and uses iPad as a platform.
Double Robotics already has $1.2 million (600 units) in pre-orders (just in one month since the launch), from 44 countries around the world. Customers include 24 universities, as well as 17 Fortune 500 companies. Since the first production run of Double has already sold out, the investment from Grishin Robotics will be spent primarily on scaling manufacturing, as well as hiring & further product development. New pre-orders will be delivered in early 2013. Engineers interested in career in Double Robotics can get in touch with the company by the e-mail email@example.com.
According to ABI research data, worldwide telepresence market is going to reach $13.1 billion by the end of 2016. Current customers of Double Robotics are using the product for teleconferencing, security surveillance, real estate & museum tours, healthcare, presentation purposes and many others. Telepresence is considered by industry experts as one of the most promising and will drive the personal robotics market growth into the mainstream.
“Double Robotics’ investment perfectly aligns to our strategy”, said Dmitry Grishin, Founder of Grishin Robotics. “It is a very consumer-oriented product with potential to fit a very wide range of applications and has already proven a strong consumer demand. It’s also important that the price of the product makes it truly accessible to the wide audience. In addition, the team has a very good approach to design and is keen to build very user-friendly products - things which should not be underestimated while developing next-generation personal robotics companies. Double Robotics is very well positioned to leverage the unique potential of the very prominent telepresence robotics market segment and we strongly believe in both company’s team and product.”
”We are thrilled to have Grishin Robotics and Dmitry Grishin, in particular, as our largest investor to date,” said David Cann, Co-founder of Double Robotics. “We read about the new investment firm and Dmitry’s experience in the field of robotics in June 2012 when the fund was announced. The timing was perfect, as we were just beginning the Y Combinator program with our prototype robot. After our public
launch in August, we met with Grishin Robotics and were immediately impressed with their mission and deep knowledge of the robotics industry’s past mistakes and potential future. We look forward to working with Grishin Robotics in the years to come as we build our business.”
About Grishin Robotics
Grishin Robotics is a global investment company with a mission of advancing innovation in robotics for the mass consumer market. Grishin Robotics is focused on investing in personal robotics technologies in areas such as home maintenance, healthcare, entertainment and transportation. The firm is led by Dmitry Grishin, co- founder of Mail.ru Group, and is based in New York City. For more information, or to submit your company for investment consideration, visit http://www.grishinrobotics.com.
About Double Robotics
Double Robotics is a startup based in California that is creating the first professional grade mass market telepresence robot. The company’s first product is called Double and has garnered tremendous interest from businesses and consumers around the world. The company was founded by David Cann and Marc DeVidts and completed the Y Combinator program in Summer 2012. For more information, visit http://www.doublerobotics.com.
David got to talk about Double on NBC's Press:Here with Scott McGrew. Watch the interview here!
There are some nice things being said about Double in the media. Here are a few blurbs from different articles.
"For the frequent traveller, it could be the perfect way to attend those urgent meetings while staying at home." - Mail Online UK
"…incredibly creative iPad stand that works as a robotic body double for you." - TechCrunch
"…brings telepresence to the masses" - Engadget
"It’s as if Apple designed the robot itself." - NYTimes
"Welcome to the future." - Uncrate
"The Double robot, on the other hand, brings the ease and simplicity synonymous with Apple products…" - redOrbit
"Double Robotics may have a hit on its hands…" - TUAW
"Simple to use" - Yahoo! News
"Double is different." - TIME
"We’ve seen a lot of cool accessories for the iPad over the years, but this one might just take the cake." - iDownloadBlog
"It's a looker, too, with a futuristic, minimalist design…" - IEEE Spectrum
"How cool would it be to roam Uffizi…" - Core77
"Double Robotics has created an awesome new style of telepresence robot…" - Geeky Gadgets
"…it’s sleek and beautiful and intelligent. In a word, sexy." - VentureBeat
"Ever wanted to go to the Louvre, but couldn’t afford it? Double Robotics has a device that one day might get you a little bit closer." - ZAGGBlog
"…an excellent entry into the telepresence robot space.." - Pilot Presence
"Double is exceptionally cool…" - TicaToca
"…a cutting edge user-robot experience…" - Toms Hardware
"…inexpensive for the market…" - Technabob
"…a unique robot…" - funkyspacemonkey
"I’m happy to say robots are walking among us, specifically, Double Robotics’ robots." - Dice
"the 'affordable' iPad robot" - CNET Australia
Well, you get the idea!
Double was featured on Today in LA on NBC4 News with host Mekahlo Medina. It was an exciting experience for Double to travel to Los Angeles (accompanied by David!) to be on TV.
Everyone at the studio had a great time with Double on set. Here is Mekahlo using Double to introduce Double!
Double even got the chance to do the weather on the show as you can see here:
Here's an in depth interview with David on how Double works.
We hope you enjoyed the interviews and look forward to sharing more with you all as they come our way!