Hey, hey, hey. After years of careful research and painstaking development, you can finally attend meetings in your underwear.
iRobot’s Ava 500 is a “virtual collaboration gadget” — i.e., a next-level telepresence robot that will bring you to a room when you’re not even in the building. She has a 21.5” LCD screen that puts your face up in the place (translation: throw on a nice shirt, lipstick, comb your hair — but from the waist down, anything goes), plus Ava sports juiced up cameras and mics that send audiovisuals back to the user.
Ava 500 can navigate on her own thanks to 3D, sonar and laser sensors — and even has a neck that moves. According to maker iRobot, Ava 500 offers “freedom of movement, spontaneity and physical presence.” And, she’ll only set you back $70K (or about $2,500/month in a 3-year lease).