CES 2014: Double Robotics, Your Telepresence on Steroids, Wheels

Written by Alfred Poor

At CES 2014, Alfred Poor checked out Double Robotics’ Double. A rolling Apple iPad on a stand. $2,500 will let you have your Double attend meetings for you.

aNewDomain.net — We’re betting you’ve seen the Double, the Double Robotics rolling robot as lampooned on The Colbert Report. Or maybe you caught the Double on that Big Bang Theory episode, the one that featured Apple co-founder and inventor Steve Wozniak. Here’s our Alfred Poor with more …

The Double Robotics Double was everywhere at CES 2014. The Double, as shown at ShowStoppers, is essentially a rolling stand that carries an Apple iPad about 47 to 60 inches high. You’re able to remotely control it from any other Apple iPad anywhere.

If you’ve got $2,500 to spare for the Double — you’ll also need to shell out for the iPad — this is a way to show up without ever showing up. Talk about telepresence. The Double will roll around, turn and face people or things — heck, let it attend that next meeting for you. Our Alfred Poor took a look at the Double. Scroll below the video to see the Double as featured with Steve Wozniak on Big Bang Theory.

Video: Alfred Poor for aNewDomain/producer Justin Webb for aNewDomainTV

Here’s the Double as portrayed on the Big Bang Theory television show, in an episode where Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is a special guest. Too funny.

The Double Robotics Double won a coveted Popular Mechanics design award on Thursday, too.

Watch for more on this robot and others from CES 2014. For aNewDomain.net, I’m Alfred Poor.

Based in bucolic Bucks County PA, Alfred Poor is a senior technologist here at aNewDomain.net. A 30-year tech journalism vet, he’s internationally renowned for his coverage of displays. He is easily distracted by shiny, sparkly gadgets and that’s why he is covering consumer tech for us, too. Contact Alfred at Alfred@aNewDomain.net, follow him @AlfredPoor and find the +Alfred Poor Google+ stream here. Alfred also is a professional speaker, a bluegrass musician and a sailor. Check out his LinkedIn profile for more.

 Editorial disclaimer: aNewDomain edit director Gina Smith wrote Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak’s biography, iWOZ: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Doing It. She does profit from sales of that book.