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Anybots QB telepresence robot on sale now for $15k

Anybots QB telepresence robot on sale now for $15k

It looks, we have to admit, a whole lot like a frisbee stuck on top of a Segway, but it's actually Anybots' latest telepresence robot, the Anybots QB, and it's on sale today.  The company is taking preorders for the first 100 'bots, each priced at $15,000, with first deliveries expected in fall 2010.  Your money gets you a self-balancing robot - signed and numbered by the Anybots team, no less - together with invites to a launch party and early access to other goodies as part of the company's "100 Club".

If you're more interested in the tech, meanwhile, than the perks, then you'll probably want to know that the Anybots QB has a 5-megapixel camera paired with an LCD display, and can trundle at up to 3.5mph around your office allowing staff working remotely to virtually attend and interact with those on-site.  Connecting via WiFi b/g and a straightforward online UI, the Anybots QB has a battery good for up to eight hours use (which just so happens to be a working day).

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iPad Cam-Case concept sets sights on big-screen FaceTime

iPad Cam-Case concept sets sights on big-screen FaceTime

Apple's decision to omit a webcam from the iPad is even more frustrating when you consider the number of people playing with FaceTime on their iPhone 4 smartphones, and so Chet Rosales' Cam-Case concept seems mighty topical.  Intended to not only protect the Apple tablet but add a rotating webcam for front- and rear-facing video use, it would also make the iPad easier to hold by virtue of its rubberized edges.

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Dropcam Echo adds audio to easy wireless security webcam

Dropcam Echo adds audio to easy wireless security webcam

Dropcam has introduced its latest internet-connected security camera, the Dropcam Echo, which takes their first model and throws in streaming audio support.  The Dropcam Echo hooks up via WiFi to your home or business router and automatically starts streaming video to the company's site; you can log in via a regular desktop browser or via the iPhone or iPad apps.  Meanwhile there's basic DVR functionality for reviewing older recordings.

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Eken M001 Android MID gets battery boost hack, video call webcam [Video]

Eken M001 Android MID gets battery boost hack, video call webcam [Video]

Eken's M001 Android MID certainly had promise - a bargain price tag will do that - but the end result, particularly dire battery life, left us cold.  Still, that's nothing a little elbow grease, soldering and time investment won't address, and that's just what Carnivore from the Slatedroid forums has done.  His M001 now has a USB hub, two new full-sized USB ports, 8GB of integrated storage and - most impressively - a total 5,200mAh of battery good for 7-12hrs of runtime.

Video demo after the cut

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OmniVision Takes Samsung’s Crown of World’s Smallest 1080p Camera

OmniVision Takes Samsung’s Crown of World’s Smallest 1080p Camera

All of these companies get passed around so much, from providing one thing to another, that it can be hard to keep up. Samsung, which just last month announced that they had the smallest 1080p camera module on the market, have now just been usurped. And, sure enough, it's from OmniVision, which probably got bumped out of the iPhone HD game by LG Innotek. It's a vicious world, the tech world, but we're happy that we're viewing it from the looking glass.

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