Ava Robotics, a start-up and spinoff or iRobot, has announced the launch of Ava, a new video collaboration solution in the workplace that allows meeting participation by a team member from a remote location.
By employing the robot as an avatar, Ava allows remote workers to use video to see and be seen. Ava integrates with Cisco Spark, a virtual assistant designed for the workplace.
Ava combines autonomous mobility with high-definition video conferencing, enabling users to move around a distant location, as if they were physically there. “We’ve drawn upon iRobot’s 27-year history in robotics innovation to deliver what we call ‘practical teleportation,’” said Ava Robotics’ CEO Youssef Saleh.
“With Ava, productivity is increased, more collaboration takes place and meaningful relationships can be built and maintained, even for team members that are remote,” Ava Robotics says in a statement.
Ava can map its own environment and then use its AI to safely navigate. There is no need to drive the robot or to understand the remote location’s layout. When users are done teleporting, Ava returns to its charging station.
Using the Ava Robotics app available for Apple iOS and web browsers, users are able to move about a room and participate in side discussions.
“The future of work is about what we do, not where we are. We’re passionate about bringing teams together so they can get great work done,” said Snorre Kjesbu, vice president and general manager for the Cisco Meeting Room Systems Group. Ava’s autonomous robotics and Cisco’s collaboration portfolio will help teams work better together wherever their locations are, Kjesbu added.
Colin Angle, chairman and CEO of iRobot, said, “Leveraging a deep technical heritage from iRobot and the strong partnership with Cisco, Ava Robotics is uniquely suited to create an enterprise-grade robotic solution.”