Vgo: Another Player in the Remote Presence (Mobile Telepresence) Game

Vgo Communications Remote Presence Robot

The Boston Globe has unearthed another solid player in the remote presence (sometimes referred to as mobile telepresence or mobile videoconferencing) game. This time, it is the Vgo (pronounced Vee-Go) robot from Vgo Communications. Apparently Vgo Communications was founded in 2007 by Tim Root and has upwards of $8M in venture capital funding. The Vgo robot is pretty sleek with a nice cosmetic shell, though it seems a bit vertically challenged. Its target price-point is somewhere around $5000, with a required $1200 annual support contract. This comes just days after Anybots made their QB robot announcements ($15,000 ea.) and after some high-profile Willow Garage Texai events. A few other major players have been relatively quiet as of late, such as InTouch Health and Giraff Technologies (formerly HeadThere).

Here are some photos and a video of the Vgo.

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Comments

The video is interesting.  Seems like the platform isn't particularly stable when accelerating.  You could almost see/hear the back wheels lift off the ground when it was driving away and suddenly slowed down (about 1:01 in video).  At least it looks pretty light (in terms of weight), that would be a plus if it is going to fall on people sometimes.
—Marc Killpack

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfAB79coKGA 

Another  remote presence robot. 

 -Enes Dayangac 

Enes
This robot is awesome, especially the little path it follows along the floor. What would be really cool is if they could use this in a healthcare setting. I recently read about a company called C PORT Solutions - online at www.cportsolutions.com - that is doing this very same thing, taking new ideas and combining them to form a unified collaboration experience by using the latest mobile technology. Working with Polycom now, they are developing healthcare and hospitality solutions that will change the corporate environment. If you could somehow combine the robotic experience talked about in this article (even just rolling down the hall itself) with the new platforms that C PORT is delivering, we would all greatly benefit.
—Nate

@ Nate,

There was a Hizook post not long ago that looked at these other telepresence robots:  Vgo, Tilr, Texai, RP-7, QB, and Giraffe.  You might find it interesting.

—Travis Deyle

Pilot Presence just posted a CES 2011 video of Vgo Communications' founder and inventor Brad Kayton discussing the Vgo telepresence robot.  One of the most interesting things from the video is that Palantir Health and Orbitz are two of Vgo's customers.

—Travis Deyle

I just started the V-Go 30 yesterday and already I am impressed with blood sugar levels. I have been a diabetic since I was 18 and I am now 39. Doctors have been trying to push the insulin pump therapy on me but I wasn't too impressed with it for myself. With a lot of talking to and consideration, I decided to let my daughter go on the pump to better control her high levels. She has been on the pump for nearly three years and we are still struggling with her keeping her infusion on throughout the night, her not being comfortable in school with having the pump on around her peers and her having a difficult time injecting herself every three days due to the size of the needle. This app is available in tutu app store.With the V-Go pod, it's less obvious; it stays on the whole 24 hours; you do just about everything with it; don't have to keep worrying about changing a battery; and less painful to inject which means less scars to have to deal with. So far I am enjoying it and will be speaking with my daughter Endocrinologist about her trying one out. My views may change down the road but right now I am enjoying the V-Go......

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