Don’t we all wish we had the same privilege back in our high school daze? (We mean “days.”) But there’s nothing funny or lighthearted about Vgo, the robot stand in for a gravely ill teenager from Texas whose immune system is so weak, he can’t leave the house.
Vgo is a $6,000 telepresence robot that allows users to control from the comfort of home. Just log in and Vgo can do anything from attend class to join some friends at the cafeteria. Of course, Vgo’s current use is more out of necessity; Lyndon Batty’s immune system nearly collapsed after treatment he received for his kidneys.
Vgo comes equipped with a video screen, a camera, and speakers, enjoying from six to 12 hours of battery life depending on the customer’s upgrades. Vgo isn’t the only one of its kind too. Telepresence robots are a burgeoning industry and there are a lot of different models that accomplish the same tasks Vgo does for a heftier price tag.
We have a feeling that decades from now, when robots have finally threaded their services into our everyday lives, historians would look back on these years and dub it a golden age for robotkind.
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