BotEyes updates telepresence robot

BotEyes telepresence robot
The BotEyes telepresence robot features a tablet mounted on top of a mobile base. | Image credit: BotEyes

BotEyes has released a new version of its BotEyes Telepresence Robot. The robot received a number of new useful functions: the ability to zoom in on video, desktop demonstration, recording and saving videos and photos, and quick switching of the front and rear cameras.

The telepresence robot is reasonably priced between USD$1400 and USD$2150, depending on the configuration. The primary pricing differences depend on the choice of a quality tablet mounted on the top of the robot.

Unfortunately, the robot does not include autonomous driving, but it can identify obstacles in the path of the robot and does not allow the operator to drive the robot into an object blocking its path.

BotEyes now has the ability to zoom the video

The operator can now zoom the video coming from the view of the robot, to better investigate the robots environment. This is useful for remote inspection tasks or when using the robot to be present during a meeting, classroom or conference.

Enlarging the video is useful, for example, if a student needs to look at a text written in chalk on a blackboard or on a piece of paper, if he needs to look at a picture in an art gallery or details of an exhibit at an exhibition.

This feature can be seen in this video:

Switching the front and rear camera

Almost all tablets have a rear camera resolution about twice as large as the front one. Taking into account the fact that the robot has a zoom function, switching from the front camera to the rear allows you to clearly see distant objects. In addition, fast camera switching is effective when the robot is in a crowd of people and you want to know what is happening both in front and behind.

This feature can be seen in this video:

Screen sharing

The new screen sharing functionality only works if the operator is using a Windows desktop computer on the client side, and not a tablet or smartphone. The operator can open a document or a drawing, photo or text file and transfer it to the robot screen. This function significantly expands the possibilities of communication between a remote worker and others locally in the presence of the robot. For example, a designer working remotely can report on the work done by showing it on the robot screen, while simultaneously commenting on it with his voice and moving the images with the mouse on the screen of his computer.

This feature can be seen in this video:

Recording and saving videos and photos

The robot operator can record and save a video or photo as seen from the robot. This is useful for students, or if the operator is attending a conference or meeting remotely.

Test drive BotEyes for free

The company has setup a free test drive of the robot that can be performed from the browser on your phone or laptop. You can test drive the robot and see how works for yourself.


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Mike Oitzman

Mike Oitzman is Senior Editor of WTWH's Robotics Group, cohost of The Robot Report Podcast, and founder of the Mobile Robot Guide. Oitzman is a robotics industry veteran with 25-plus years of experience at various high-tech companies in the roles of marketing, sales and product management. He can be reached at