Open Source Telepresence

We have tested the Double Robotics telepresence robot in the past, but I’m trying to avoid going down a bit of an open source telepresence rabbit hole today.  Documenting some sites and code to explore later…

Double Robotics: Double gives you a physical presence at work or school when you can’t be there in person. (not open-source)

warp-os: open-source telepresence robot operating system

Building a Telepresence Robot Based on an open-source Robot Operating System and Android

OhmniLabs Launches First Open Telepresence Robotics Platform

Telepresence Robot

Willow Garage Creates Awesome Open Source Telepresence Robots

world’s cheapest telepresence robot project


Collective Efficacy

Just adding a note to myself for a topic to dig into at some point.  – Collective Efficacy but mentioned in a way as to be less controlling as the definition found on the wikipedia page.

A Google Talk that is worth listening to:


Project Loon Taking the Next Step

It appears that Google has decided to see if Loon can become a real thing.

Alphabet spins drone and internet balloon projects into independent companies

Alphabet’s Loon and Wing are now more than just ‘projects’

Spinning projects out of Google-X into their own divisions holds no guarantee that they will succeed, but it is encouraging to see Google placing more behind its internet connectivity projects.  You might have seen the news about the ability for these systems to adapt and provide emergency coverage in the wake of the Puerto Rico devastation.

Project Loon delivers internet to 100,000 people in Puerto Rico

FWIW – Drone delivery (Wing)is an interesting spin out too.  I would have thought that this use case would have needed more time in the incubator.   But, perhaps that’s the strategy, prove the technology and then spin them out as projects quickly to see if they find their use cases.