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:

Thalmic Labs uses Double to work long distance

As Waterloo Region's tech sector grows, many startups and companies in the community have to co-ordinate with employees or collaborators in other parts of Canada and abroad.

For certain occasions where an email or a phone call won't do, Thalmic Labs in Kitchener has a unique solution: a robot.

Developed by Double Robotics in California, the robot, or Double, is essentially an Apple iPad on wheels that can be piloted remotely using a Mac or PC computer, iPhone or a second iPad...


At ECMC, the robot will see you now

Dr. Paul Paterson is using his Double to visit his patients Erie County Medical Center. He is part of a rising practice many other physicians are testing out. They are calling this telerounding. Studies have shown that telerounding is proving to be very useful for busy physicians. It saves time and money by allowing doctors to be physically present in one hospital and virtually be in another at any time.

By using Double to roam around the hospital, Dr. Paterson is able to visit patients at any time. He recalls an urgent incident where a patient needed to speak with him. Dr. Paterson was able to connect with the patient using Double from his kitchen.

To read more, please visit this article: http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/medical/at-ecmc-the-robot-will-see-you-now-20140807

Double in action at Light Chaser Animation!

Double Robotics is always happy to hear positive stories about how our customers are using their robots! 

Light Chaser Animation Studios is a small animation company based in Beijing, China. The company's founder, Gary Wang, uses Double to help his team communicate with each other. Animation director, Colin Brady, lives in Los Angeles and uses the robot to be present in the Beijing office. As a result, he did not have to move to China and he's able to spend more time at home. 


Koupah and Double

Koupah is a Point of Social platform, combining mobile, social and POS (Point of Sale) in a retail environment. They are dedicated to building and enhancing the customer-retailer relationship by personalizing the experience. David Merel, CEO of Koupah, uses his Double to be present in the office. Commuting to Midtown New York City can sometimes be difficult, but with the help of David's Double, he's still able to check in with his employees. 

As every company knows, travel can be very expensive. When you add up the cost of transportation, hotel, and food for several employees, you can expect to pay thousands of dollars. That is why some companies, like Koupah, have looked for ways to reduce travel costs. 

Koupah also attends many trade shows and brings their Double with them. Travel costs have been reduced and, more importantly, his staff are able to be "present" at their booths. David feels that Double has become a "great marketing tool" not only because it's helping his company save money, but because Double is helping to change the way we communicate with each other, just like Koupah.