tag:blog.doublerobotics.com,2013:/posts Double Robotics Blog 2018-01-29T05:53:43Z Double Robotics tag:blog.doublerobotics.com,2013:Post/1213026 2017-12-08T05:36:32Z 2018-01-29T05:53:43Z Ricoh experiments with Double and their 180-degree stereo camera

At the International Robot Exhibition 2017 in Tokyo, Japan, Ricoh showed a prototype of their 180-degree stereo camera system mounted on Double. While this isn't integrated with Double software, it's a great example of engineers experimenting with the Double platform and inventing the future.

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tag:blog.doublerobotics.com,2013:Post/1208915 2017-11-28T01:02:56Z 2018-01-29T05:53:43Z Double in Geisinger Health System

Geisinger Health System is partnering with Apple to introduce technology at each step of the patient's experience. In the video below, Double rolls in around 1:40 and highlights how they enable patients with chronic conditions to connect with the outside world.

To support the use of Doubles within the health system, Jeff Kay of CSIU and a physician at Geisinger collaborated on a research paper detailing how telepresence robots benefit hospital-bound children:

Mobile Robotic Telepresence Solutions for the Education of Hospitalized Children

About Geisinger: Geisinger is a physician-led healthcare system headquartered in Danville, PA. Their team of 30,000 employees across 13 hospital campuses serves a network of 583,000 plan members in the Eastern Pennsylvania/New Jersey area.

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tag:blog.doublerobotics.com,2013:Post/1197723 2017-10-12T06:07:57Z 2018-01-29T05:53:43Z Behind the Scenes at the Guggenheim (360 Video)

CNN produced a great 360 video behind the scenes of the newest exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The Double 360 Camera Dolly was used in a few shots to help bring motion to otherwise stationary shots.

Watch on CNN.com

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tag:blog.doublerobotics.com,2013:Post/1182225 2017-08-09T22:04:09Z 2018-01-29T05:53:43Z Introducing Fleet Management

Essential tools for telepresence admins.

Scheduling, Security, and Reporting.

We are happy to announce that Fleet Management is now available for all customers to try free for 14 days! These tools have been in beta testing for a while now and they have become essential to rolling out and managing fleets of 2 or more robots.

Fleet Management delivers on the most requested features from customers over the past year. Robot admins are absolutely loving it – and now is your chance to try it too!

Robot Reservations

Now you can share your robots with people throughout your organization and issue Visitor Passes to temporary drivers from one central dashboard on the web. Learn More

User Access Control

Remotely manage access to each robot on a per-user basis. You can easily onboard new users with mass email invitations, magic email domain (everyone @yourcompany.com), and Single Sign-On (SSO). Learn More

Call Log Reporting

Ensure that audit and compliance requirements are met with the use of the Call Log reporting feature. Learn More

Try Fleet Management Now

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tag:blog.doublerobotics.com,2013:Post/1151190 2017-05-03T17:00:00Z 2018-01-29T05:53:43Z Double Robotics featured on the latest episode of Angie Tribeca!

Double Robotics was featured on the latest episode of Angie Tribeca on TBS Network! In this episode, titled "Turn Me On, Geils," a roboticist is found dead and Angie Tribeca and her partner Jay Geils question the only person who has any insight -- the roboticist's assistant, Vanessa -- who takes a liking to Geils. Check out the episode (Season 3, Episode 4) on Amazon Video or Hulu!

tag:blog.doublerobotics.com,2013:Post/1149933 2017-04-27T22:12:06Z 2018-01-29T05:53:43Z Study Shows Using Telepresence Robots is as Effective as Being There

A new study from University of Zurich and University of Leipzig found that utilizing mobile remote presence technologies (MRP) amongst a distributed team creates the same effect as working with team members in-person. The study, led by Dr. Erik Wende of University of Zurich, involved monitoring the mobile remote presence system for a distributed team based in Germany over a 12-month period. They concluded that, after an adjustment period, the local and remote team members worked as if they were together in-person.  

“As Lee et al. (2011) found, the MRP system enabled a broad range of meeting types and supported encounters that otherwise would not have happened [6]. The effect of physical embodiment increased feelings of social presence—contrary to the prior skepticism of users [6, 9]. After an initial adjustment period, users were able to interact almost as if they were located together, with no significant downsides. The MRP system was found to support teamwork and collaboration similar to that of a co-located team.”

"Most significantly, we identified that the level of social interaction supported by an MRP is heavily influenced by the usage arrangements. This is particularly in terms of meeting location and scheduling. The practical measures proposed in this research offer strategies for implementing MRP to overcome the issue of conversations in virtual teams being overly task-focused, to the detriment of relational links between team members [40]."

Study courtesy of Dr. Erik Wende, University of Zurich, and Prof. Rainer Alt, University of Leipzig

tag:blog.doublerobotics.com,2013:Post/1147850 2017-04-20T18:12:52Z 2018-01-29T05:53:43Z Guest Post: A Telepresence Robot that Augments Human Abilities

Toppan, a Japan-based global printing company, and Rekimoto Lab of the University of Tokyo recently introduced their research collaboration on IoA, the Internet of Abilities. IoA is a concept proposed by Professor Jun Rekimoto which focuses on augmenting human abilities beyond the constraints of time and space. Initial experiments on remote telepresence featured Double Robotics' 360 Camera Dolly. The team successfully captured immersive 360 video and projected it onto a remote dome, Jackin Stadium, for sharing the experience with multiple persons. 

Guest post & video courtesy of Toppan and Rekimoto Lab of the University of Tokyo

tag:blog.doublerobotics.com,2013:Post/1146295 2017-04-13T22:56:00Z 2018-01-29T05:53:43Z Middle School Students Come Up with Plan to Purchase a Double

Homebound students at Sycamore Middle School in Cheatham County, Tennessee will never miss a day of class again thanks to one group of fellow students. The group thought of the idea to purchase a Double after a fellow peer was out of school for an entire semester while recovering from surgery. They created and presented a compelling PowerPoint to the school board, and received a Double within three months!


tag:blog.doublerobotics.com,2013:Post/1144279 2017-04-05T23:41:59Z 2018-01-29T05:53:43Z Double Robotics Featured in Scholastic News

Double Robotics was featured on the cover of the March 6th edition of Scholastic News! Fourth grader Grady Loper of Wisconsin has been attending school via Double due to a rare medical condition that keeps him from going to school in person. Check it out!

tag:blog.doublerobotics.com,2013:Post/1142940 2017-03-31T18:22:56Z 2018-01-29T05:53:43Z New 2017 Apple iPad Works with Double

The latest Apple iPad, boasting a 9.7-inch Retina display and 10-hour battery life, has been tested by our team and works with Double. You will notice it's the same thickness as the first generation iPad Air, but the processor and graphics run a bit faster than the iPad Air 2. 

Visit our Support page at www.support.doublerobotics.com to learn more about iPad setup and support.

tag:blog.doublerobotics.com,2013:Post/1139278 2017-03-16T19:20:44Z 2017-12-04T05:48:08Z CNN Hero, Leslie Morissette, Helps Sick Kids Stay Connected to the Classroom

Leslie Morissette, founder of Grahamtastic Connection, has been honored by CNN as a CNN Hero, for her work in providing free technology for home- or hospital-bound kids. Leslie lends telepresence technology, like Double, to ill kids so they can stay connected to their classrooms. We're honored to work with Leslie and continue providing a way for sick students to attend school.

Watch her story here.

tag:blog.doublerobotics.com,2013:Post/1138398 2017-03-14T00:16:51Z 2017-03-27T23:55:31Z Follow Up on Disclosure of Non-Critical Security Issue & Mitigation

March 13, 2017

To our customers,

On Friday, our CEO, David, sent an email disclosing a non-critical security issue and mitigation. We'd like to take the opportunity to further explain what was discovered and the steps we took following.

Rapid7 identified three potential security vulnerabilities: unauthenticated access to data, static user session management, and open Bluetooth pairing. We patched the first two as outlined below, but do not have plans to change the third. Please see below for full explanations.

1. Unauthenticated access to data: The accessible data included the robot nickname, serial number, latitude, and longitude. No other personally identifiable data was accessible – not username, email, company, password, or anything else. The initial bug report sounded worse than it was because of terms like "device installation_keys", but those are meaningless identifiers used in our system that could be published publicly without risk. Nevertheless, this data leak was patched within seven days upon Rapid7 bringing this to our attention.

2. Static user session management: There was no data leak on this one. This is simply used to keep a user logged in, similar to how users are always logged in to the Twitter and Facebook apps on their phones. As the initial bug report states, this could only be exploited by a man-in-the-middle attack, but we use industry standard TLS encryption to prevent this. We've implemented cycling of these session IDs to meet the high security requirements of our enterprise customers.

Regarding the open Bluetooth pairing question, Double is always connected to the iPad via Bluetooth and the iPad is always on and receiving charge from the base, so the connection cannot be hijacked or intercepted. The Bluetooth connection is also a very short range, so an attacker would need to be within 30-50 feet of Double (i.e. already have access to the facility) and catch it in a moment when both the iPad's battery has died, yet the robot base still has some battery left. There is also no microphone or camera accessible through Double's Bluetooth connection, so the attacker wouldn't have access to any communications. Because of this extremely low risk, we do not see the need for a pairing code.

No calls were compromised and no sensitive customer data was exposed. Double uses end-to-end encryption with WebRTC for low latency, secure video calls.

We take security very seriously and strive to make your telepresence experience with Double the very best. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any further questions.


The Team at Double

tag:blog.doublerobotics.com,2013:Post/1135669 2017-03-03T14:00:04Z 2017-05-26T07:22:11Z Double Connects Families from Ronald McDonald House to Loved Ones Across the Country

The staff at Ronald McDonald House Charities in Edmonton, Canada, recently introduced Double Robotics to keep families connected with other loved ones while they reside at the House. Now, families from all over the country, and even the world, can stay in touch during what is often very challenging times. Check out the clip from CTV News!


tag:blog.doublerobotics.com,2013:Post/1133984 2017-02-24T19:32:17Z 2017-02-24T19:32:17Z Western Academy of Beijing Becomes First School in China to Offer Interactive Robotic Tours

Western Academy of Beijing (WAB), a leading international K-12 school based in Beijing, has become the first school in China to offer interactive, remote robotic campus tours, via Double Robotics, to allow families to get a glimpse of what it's like to attend WAB. By introducing Double Robotics, prospective students and their families can experience a true feeling of being present on campus for their school tour, no matter where they are in the world. 

Photos courtesy of Western Academy of Beijing

tag:blog.doublerobotics.com,2013:Post/1132193 2017-02-17T18:46:30Z 2017-02-17T18:46:30Z Jacob's Robot at Worthington Elementary School

What started out as an ear infection quickly turned into a mysterious illness that now keeps Jacob from attending school at Worthington Elementary School in Worthington, Ohio. Thanks to help from his fellow students, faculty members, and the Assistive Technology team at Ohio State University, Jacob is able to keep up in school via Double Robotics!

tag:blog.doublerobotics.com,2013:Post/1127734 2017-01-31T23:53:09Z 2017-01-31T23:53:10Z Double Makes It Possible for NY Student to Attend School Again

During her freshman year of high school at Forestville Central Schools in New York, then-ninth-grader Paige Whitehill suddenly developed a severe form of epilepsy, causing constant interruptions during the day for her and her classmates. Her continual seizures kept her at risk of being held back in school and that's where Double Robotics came in. Watch Paige's story here:

Video courtesy of New York State School Boards Association

tag:blog.doublerobotics.com,2013:Post/1127326 2017-01-30T20:01:58Z 2017-01-30T20:15:04Z Homebound Student Using Telepresence Featured on Bob's Burgers

A telepresence device was featured on the latest episode of Bob's Burgers! In this episode, titled "Ex Mach Tina," Tina attends school via robot due to limited mobility from a sprained ankle. 

Check out the episode for free on Hulu:


tag:blog.doublerobotics.com,2013:Post/1126667 2017-01-27T19:01:21Z 2017-01-27T19:01:21Z Adidas Opens First 360° Concept Store in Europe Using Double Robotics' 360 Camera Dolly

Adidas has opened its first 360° concept store in Europe to create a new, one-of-a-kind experience for customers. This initial store, based in Stockholm, Sweden, can be toured entirely remotely via Double Robotics' 360 Camera Dolly. Although remote, customers can have the same experience as being there in person, thanks to the ability to view the store in complete 360 video.

Check out their website at http://www.360conceptstore.com/.

Video courtesy of ParaPix. Visit them online at http://www.parapix.se/.

tag:blog.doublerobotics.com,2013:Post/1123921 2017-01-17T18:36:53Z 2018-01-15T17:56:33Z From $2 Million to $20 Million

Double Robotics has reached an incredible point of growth. Over the past four years, we’ve seen remote workers, telecommuters, educators and IT leaders around the world recognize the the unique value of telepresence robotics and the critical role it plays in connecting offices, remote workers, and students around the world.

We’re thrilled to announce that Double Robotics has reached $20 million in sales of our internationally-acclaimed telepresence robot, Double. After graduating from Y Combinator in the summer of 2012, Double Robotics raised a seed round of under $2 million. We have not needed to raise another round since then.

While still a pre-Series A hardware startup, this is a great feat. Our mission has always been to enable all types of remote experiences, and we have significantly delivered on this vision. We believe that, by connecting remote employees to their home offices or remote students to the classroom, we are creating a more open and flexible work space where people feel more connected to their communities and colleagues.

As adoption of Double continues to accelerate and as our customers deploy dozens of Doubles within their organizations, we’ve found an opportunity to make the enterprise experience with Double even better. We’re excited to unveil our first enterprise software called Fleet Management. Fleet Management is designed for IT managers and executives to effectively monitor and manage their fleet of Doubles and drivers. Fleet Management is currently in the beta testing and will soon be available publicly, starting at $99/month. For early access, please reach out to: sales@doublerobotics.com

We’ve grown a lot in the past year, with the recent launches of Double 2 and Camera Kit. Now, with Fleet Management, the Double Robotics experience is the best it’s ever been. We’re excited to be at the forefront of the growing telepresence industry and we would like to thank our customers for their continued support of Double Robotics. We’re thrilled about what’s to come. 

Check out our feature in VentureBeat! http://venturebeat.com/2017/01/16/double-robotics-says-it-has-sold-8000-robots-and-generated-20-million-in-sales-since-2013/
tag:blog.doublerobotics.com,2013:Post/1122961 2017-01-13T21:18:07Z 2017-01-24T19:07:52Z Capture Any Occasion with Double Robotics' 360 Camera Dolly

The 360 Camera Dolly and Universal 360 Camera Mount by Double Robotics offers a unique way to capture special occasions of all kind, such as weddings, birthdays and graduations. 

Recently, a couple in Japan filmed their wedding ceremony using the 360 Camera Dolly and will forever have their momentous day captured in full 360 video. 

Watch the ceremony here:

To learn more about Double Robotics' 360 Camera Dolly, visit our website online at www.doublerobotics.com

Video courtesy of Masahiro Nagata, CEO of Lifestyle

tag:blog.doublerobotics.com,2013:Post/1118909 2016-12-28T22:17:53Z 2016-12-28T22:17:54Z Double Robotics featured on The Grand Tour!

Double Robotics was featured on Season 1, Episode 6 of Amazon's original series, The Grand Tour!

From the guys who brought you the UK's famed television show Top Gear, The Grand Tour is a show about adventure and excitement, where hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May travel the world showcasing innovation in automotive transportation and motoring. In this latest episode, titled "Happy Finnish Christmas," which aired on December 22, 2016, Jeremy, Richard and James traveled to Finland where they presented fun Christmas gifts for their car fans -- including Double!

The Grand Tour is available to view for Amazon Prime members.


tag:blog.doublerobotics.com,2013:Post/1115228 2016-12-13T21:17:40Z 2016-12-13T22:16:39Z AF Group Saves $30,000 in Travel Costs Thanks to Double Robotics

AF Group is one of the country's largest workers' compensation insurance firms, with multiple offices nationwide and a large number of remote employees who telecommute, or travel often, to the company's headquarters in Lansing, Michigan. While using traditional video conferencing tools has been helpful, the management team at AF Group realized there's oftentimes a need for remote workers to have greater presence in the office. They came across Double Robotics and, in just nine months, have saved the company $30,000 in travel costs. Double gives remote employees of AF Group a greater sense of being there when they're not -- without having to spend the money on traditional travel. Watch their story below.


tag:blog.doublerobotics.com,2013:Post/1111769 2016-11-29T19:18:44Z 2016-11-29T21:23:58Z "The Robot Changing School for Students with Disabilities" by NBC News

Maeve is a second-grader at P.S. 158 in New York City. She suffers from muscular atrophy, which severely hinders her ability to move. Because of her condition, Maeve isn't always able to attend school in person. Thanks to help from the New York City Department of Education and Double Robotics, Maeve has been using Double for over a year and never misses a beat in school. We're honored to be a part of Maeve's story and provide a way for her to attend school. The power of telepresence is limitless!

Watch her story here:


tag:blog.doublerobotics.com,2013:Post/1086091 2016-09-02T18:28:13Z 2016-10-14T18:56:45Z Lindamood-Bell Deploys 70 Doubles in Largest Deployment Yet

Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, a leading education services agency that provides professional development and best practices for teachers, has deployed 70 telepresence robots from Double Robotics in the largest deployment of Double Robotics to date. 

Traditionally, a Lindamood-Bell staff member would travel onsite to a school and embed him/herself in the community by living there full-time, from anywhere between six months to a few years. Now, rather than sending a person, Lindamood-Bell sends a Double, allowing staff members to visit schools anywhere in the world, from Colorado to Alaska to Honduras, without having to spend the time or money associated with physical travel. Double allows Lindamood-Bell to provide the same high-quality instruction in a more efficient and cost-effective way. With Double, Lindamood-Bell employees to have greater flexibility to visit multiple sites per day or per week, all while saving the school thousands of dollars per year.

Watch their story here:

tag:blog.doublerobotics.com,2013:Post/1078578 2016-08-23T20:25:19Z 2016-08-24T21:26:02Z Guest post: Top healthcare technologies that bring ease into your life

2016 is turning out to be one of the greatest years for healthcare innovation ever, with advancements in medicinal technologies, programming, and changes in how human services are controlled, both from a convenience and money related point of view. 

Here are some of the top healthcare advances of 2016:

Fake Retinas

Traditionally, an individual is characterized as visually impaired when the individual's focal vision has debased to 20/200, or the individual has lost periphery vision with the object that he sees less than 20 degrees outside of focal vision. Typical vision is 20/20, and individuals can, as a rule, see up to 90 degrees with their periphery vision. An expected 1.1 million individuals in the United States alone are considered visually impaired.

This has prompted organizations to build up an advanced and exquisite arrangement planned to reestablish vision for individuals who lost their sight because of degenerative retinal sicknesses. The scaled down Nano Retina gadget, the NR600 Implant, replaces the usefulness of the harmed photoreceptor cells and makes the electrical stimulus required to initiate the stability of the retinal cells. NR600 is comprised of two segments: a small-scale implantable chip and an arrangement of eyeglasses worn by the patient. Together, these two technologies can allow an individual to see again.

Lights that Disinfect and Kill Bacteria

Hospitals are, ironically enough, known for their bacteria and infection filled environments. The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) has built an innovation utilizing noticeable light that persistently purifies the environment and reinforces your present disease aversion endeavors.

The 405nm transmitted from this piece of technology, reflects off of dividers and surfaces, entering destructive small scale life forms. The light targets happening atoms called porphyrins that exist inside microscopic organisms. The light is consumed, and the energized atoms produce Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) inside the cell. 405nm makes a synthetic response inside the cell, like the impacts of decay. The Reactive Oxygen Species destroys the microscopic organisms, keeping them from re-populating the space.

While all of the above-mentioned advancements require some physical presence, the following are even more high-tech because they allow medical progression even without a healthcare practitioner being present in person.


Telepresence robots, such as Double, made by Burlingame, Calif.-based Double Robotics, empowers officials, doctors, experts, patients, and suppliers to meet, discuss, and make choices even while being hundreds or thousands of miles away from one another. Using telepresence decreases the requirement for incessant travel, empowering individuals to perform more in the same measure of time – without the anxiety and fatigue connected with travel. With Double, anyone can quite literally be somewhere that they couldn't otherwise be in person, and the connection is seamless. Healthcare officials can also train groups quicker, receive new conventions more productively, and assist in conveying enhanced social insurance scope to satellite and remote areas.

Tooth Regeneration

A study from Harvard University effectively utilized low-controlled lasers to actuate immature microorganisms and animate the development of teeth in rats and human dental tissue in a lab. Stem cells are not like ordinary cells. They have the remarkable capacity to duplicate and change into a wide range of sorts of cells in the body. They repair tissues by partitioning consistently either as another undifferentiated organism or as a cell with a more particular occupation, for example, a red platelet, a skin cell, or a muscle cell.

With tooth re-growth, dentures and dental inserts may soon turn into a relic of times gone by. Undifferentiated organism examination is making it conceivable to regrow your missing teeth!

This is a truly necessary medicinal headway, particularly considering that by the age of 74, at least 26% of grown-ups have lost the greater part of their permanent teeth.

All of these advancements show how health systems are starting to embrace technological assistance in certain things which makes for a stronger framework and a massive overall improvement in our healthcare system as well.

Blog post courtesy of ReviewsBee.com 

tag:blog.doublerobotics.com,2013:Post/1078827 2016-08-04T18:31:53Z 2016-08-04T18:40:20Z Wowl captures 360 video with Double Robotics' 360 Camera Dolly

Wowl, a creative video production studio specializing in content creation for virtual reality, tested Double Robotics' all-new 360 Camera Dolly to capture beautiful, lake-side 360 video. The studio, based in Switzerland, has worked with companies such as the Swiss Tech Association, Autodesk and Swatch, to create innovate VR concepts and videos. Double Robotics' 360 Camera Dolly is the latest tool the studio has employed to create stunning visuals for virtual reality and 360 video. 

Video courtesy of Wowl (http://www.wowl.ch/).

tag:blog.doublerobotics.com,2013:Post/1058389 2016-06-01T13:02:24Z 2016-06-01T13:03:33Z Double Robotics Introduces 360 Camera Dolly with Universal 360 Camera Mount


First-of-its-kind Robotic Camera Dolly & Mount to Take Virtual Reality to the Next Level

Burlingame, Calif. - June 1, 2016 - Double Robotics today unveiled its 360 Camera Dolly with Universal 360 Camera Mount, the world’s first remotely controlled, robotic VR dolly. A project of Double Labs, the company’s internal research and development team, the 360 Camera Dolly with Universal 360 Camera Mount leverages the existing technology of the iconic Double telepresence robot base and can hold any 360 camera up to five pounds. An iPhone 6 (or earlier) or an iPod Touch is required to enable the remote driving feature.

“The 360 Camera Dolly with Universal 360 Camera Mount is a great solution for 360 filmmakers who wish to expand on their approach and begin filming in a more creative way, without any crew getting in the frame,” said David Cann, co-founder and CEO of Double Robotics. “Built on technology that people already love, the 360 Camera Dolly is a game-changer for filmmaking.”

The 360 Camera Dolly and Universal 360 Camera Mount is an expansion of the Double platform. The attachable aircraft-grade aluminum 360 Camera Mount attaches to the Double base using an industry standard ¼”-20 bolt. An iPhone is secured in the mount and the camera operator can drive Double wirelessly from behind the scenes via LTE/4G, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth.

Pricing & Availability

  • The 360 Camera Dolly with Universal 360 Camera Mount will be available online (www.doublerobotics.com) immediately, with shipping starting on June 15.

  • The full set of the 360 Camera Dolly, which includes the Double telepresence robot base, the Universal 360 Camera Mount, and the Pelican Travel Case is available at $3,000 USD.

  • The Universal 360 Camera Mount is also sold separately at $249.

About Double Robotics

Double Robotics is the creator of Double, the world’s leading telepresence robot. Double is an iPad-based robot that gives people a physical presence at work or in school when they can’t be there in person. Founded in 2012 and a graduate of the startup accelerator Y Combinator, Double Robotics is a privately-held technology company headquartered in Burlingame, California. Visit www.doublerobotics.com for more information.


Media Contact

Sara Broyles

Double Robotics



tag:blog.doublerobotics.com,2013:Post/1049904 2016-05-11T17:39:47Z 2016-11-07T09:05:41Z Guest Post: Mattermark

Mattermark collects and organizes comprehensive information on the world’s fastest growing companies.

Our company has grown from 35 to over 50 employees in the past year. With the growth, we have started to have a few remote employees. The more time our employees spent working remote, the more everyone became frustrated communicating across distance. We tried to host meetings using simple tools like Google Hangouts or conference rooms with a speakerphone.  The audio quality was terrible. At first, the remote employees would tell us in headquarters they couldn’t hear, but eventually they just started to give up on interrupting the flow of the meeting. It was clear that if we didn’t do something, we were going to give up on having remote workers.

In early 2016, we took the plunge and bought a Double Robot for our San Francisco headquarters. Right away, we started to notice a difference.  The first “aha” moment for me came in our weekly engineering meeting. Someone had stepped to the whiteboard in our headquarters to start drawing an architecture diagram. Previously, we were connecting with the team using Google Hangouts, and no one in the conference room would think to reposition the laptop’s video camera to look away from the conference table and towards the whiteboard. With the Double, it was easy for our Seattle office employees to just turn the camera and see what was being drawn on the whiteboard.  Under our old Google Hangouts approach, they would have just given up on seeing what was on the whiteboard.

A few weeks later, I was out on a sick day. I had a quick question for one of our data analysts, but she wasn’t paying attention to Slack. I really needed an answer to make progress on a project, and previously i would have been relatively helpless to do anything about it. I realized, “Oh I can just drive the Double Robot over to her desk and see if she’s around.” Sure enough, after a few minutes rolling across the office I found her and got the answer I needed. This is a big deal for us, because we really dislike it when people still recovering from a cold or flu come into the office trying to show off their work ethic while making everyone else sick. The Double Robot gives them a bit more encouragement that they can work remote an extra day while they finish recovering.

These are just two of the many ways that our Double Robot helps has build a great remote work experience. We’re excited to keep finding more ways to use it.

Blog post & video courtesy of Kevin Morrill, co-founder & CTO, Mattermark

tag:blog.doublerobotics.com,2013:Post/1034074 2016-04-15T16:27:50Z 2016-04-15T17:33:53Z Guest Post: Sheboygan Area School District

The Sheboygan Area School District is a large, urban school district on the eastern shore of Wisconsin. Our district is made up of 26 schools and serves a diverse student population of over 10,300 students in four-year-old kindergarten through 12th grade.

The Sheboygan Area School District is a forward-thinking district and we are always looking for solutions to meet the varied needs of our student population.

At one of our elementary schools, we have a 2nd grade student who is recovering from a rare form of cancer called Burkitt's Lymphoma and could not physically attend classes. Joseph’s illness and treatments made it difficult for him to attend school. “We found that piling days of school work on this student wasn’t very effective because it became very overwhelming for him,” said Mike Jaber, who is the Sheboygan Area School District Coordinator of Instructional Technology. “I watched a news story on the Double Robot, it piqued my interest as a district technology leader and I looked into it further.” Jaber was able to test drive a demo of the Double, and after speaking to one of the Double employees, knew this technology could help serve our students in need.

There were other technologies out there that had some similarities with functionality, but nothing compared to the Double’s build quality, ease of use, and capacity to navigate around a space to actively participate.  The Sheboygan Area School District purchased two robots from Double Robotics.

While the Sheboygan Area School District had hired a tutor to work with Joseph, he was missing out on the social aspect of school as well as the academics. Through use of the Double, we were able to offer Joseph a unique opportunity to attend school virtually. After a few test runs, Jaber met with Joseph’s family and teacher to explain the idea. Joseph would use his iPad at home or at the hospital to control his Double, which would be kept in the classroom.

The robot affectionately became known as ‘Jobot.’

Joseph’s teacher Mrs. Karen Rowan-Lieser welcomed the opportunity to have Joseph virtually attend class.

"As we strive to do with all kids, we are meeting Joseph’s needs in a different manner,” Rowan-Lieser said. “We always try to provide different options for kids and their parents. This is just another option.”

‘Jobot’ has given Joseph the ability to attend school from a hospital bed, or the comfort of his own home, and still feel “connected” to his classmates and classwork.

Joseph virtually joined the classroom most days. He could listen to lessons presented by his teacher or work with his classmates on assignments. Sometimes, Joseph’s dad would accompany ‘Jobot’ around school during a special event, so other students at school can say hi and Joseph can be a part of the school activity. In October, the school held a color run and Joseph was able to travel through part of the course using his Double.

Joseph has recently begun transitioning back to school and his academic and social interaction with his peers through the Double was invaluable during this absence from the classroom. His teacher felt the Double provided an essential connection to his school work and classmates, which has made his transition back much easier.

The strength of the Sheboygan Area School District is our ability to offer learning opportunities to meet the varied learning needs of our students and families. In this situation, Double Robot was able to help us provide a learning solution for a student in need. Utilizing the newest technology to help kids learn keeps us at the forefront of education.

Joseph’s classmates also benefitted from the Double’s presence, as they are able to experience how the integration of technology can be a real value in education, as well bringing awareness of how technology surrounds them in everyday life.

Pictured below, Joseph virtually practices his spelling words with a classmate, using his Double Robot.

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Pictured below, Coordinator of Instructional Technology Mike Jaber, poses for a photo with Joseph who is virtually attending class through his Double.



Sheboygan Press article: http://www.sheboyganpress.com/story/news/2015/12/07/robot-attends-school-young-cancer-patient/76737008/

Blog post & photos courtesy of Mike Jaber of Sheboygan Area School District

tag:blog.doublerobotics.com,2013:Post/1014878 2016-03-16T20:44:46Z 2017-03-27T20:51:47Z Guest Post: FIGLAB

Based in Japan, FIGLAB is a creative platform and online community devoted to the exploration of visual expressions with cutting-edge technology. By featuring new technology, we instantly visualize and materialize new ideas for both social and business problem solving. The open innovation community accelerates the collaboration of various kinds of creative fields, such as film, graphic, photography and engineering.

FIGLAB approaches unbounded visual expression such as physical installations that inspires human five senses,  apps with new interaction design, interactively generated motion graphics, and robotics installation. FIGLAB covers not only brand promotions and advertisements, but also the creation of whole new creative output by making our original prototypes continuously.

Double from Double Robotics is a two-wheel, self-balancing telepresence robot that moves about in the exhibition area of FIGLAB. Visitors can interact with the person driving Double, as their face appears on the screen. The driver can also display a web page on the iPad screen. The visitor can touch the screen and interact with the content that's being displayed. 

See Double in action at FIGLAB: 

Blog post & photo courtesy of Kento Sugimoto, FIGLAB