Video Conferencing Innovator Delivers Industry-First Capabilities for Unique Robotic Telepresence Platform

Remote Workers, Students, HealthCare Professionals Can Now “Teleport” From Meeting to Meeting with KUBI Video 2.0 using Revolve Robotics

SAN FRANCISCO, CA February 24, 2015


Revolve Robotics, a leading innovator in robotic telepresence, today announced KUBI Video 2.0, the latest version of its video collaboration app for its flagship KUBI telepresence platform. Japanese for neck, KUBI is a robotic cradle plus app for tablets that delivers an easy-to-use telepresence solution that nails the most important part of presence - the ability to interact and engage. The result is telepresence affordable enough to put anywhere and easy enough for anyone to use.

Interested parties can drive a KUBI right now using their Chrome or Firefox browser using this link.

KUBI leverages the conferencing capabilities of today's tablets by introducing a robotic platform or cradle on which the tablet sits. The resulting telepresence robot is then "driven" by the remote video-conferencing participant. KUBI thus turns passive video conferencing callers into active participants, as remote callers use KUBI to "look around" the room and actively engage with meeting participants.

In addition to myriad other advances, KUBI Video 2.0 is the first video client for robotic telepresence that enables users to "teleport" from one KUBI to another, whether it's in the next room or around the world. This means a remote caller can easily engage with colleagues, teachers or patients from across the country or in the same office without the need for expensive in-room video conferencing or clunky, expensive robotic wheels that drive from room to room.

"At $499, KUBI represents the perfect blend of economy and advanced functionality for video conferencing. It leverages the technology most already have while still delivering simpler, more engaging video conferencing," says Marcus Rosenthal, Revolve Robotics' co-founder and CEO. "KUBI Video 2.0 builds on this growing use of video communications by making it easier for a remote caller to engage anyone within their offices - or their classrooms. As long as a KUBI is in the room, you can be ‘telepresent' simply by clicking a link."

The KUBI Video 2.0 App integrates streaming video calls and controls in one browser window without any software installs. The app also let's callers connect to any KUBI in their network, allowing them to "teleport" from KUBI to KUBI wherever they are located - classrooms, reception areas, hospital beds, or conference rooms. The original KUBI app is still compatible with any video software like Zoom, Vidyo, Gotomeeting, Webex, but the all-in-one control and video window increases ease-of-use for KUBI Video 2.0 users.

KUBI Video 2.0 features

High quality video and audio are delivered using a compression format that automatically adjusts to deliver the best experience regardless of users' connection bandwidth. Other features include:

720p video and high-quality audio (depending on iPad used)
Peer-to-peer video calling with integrated controls for KUBI robot.
Communicates motion controls to KUBI via Bluetooth 4.0.
Video calling controls - turn video on/off, mute/unmute audio, full screen option.
Works in portrait or landscape.
Auto-connect and reconnect KUBI Bluetooth 4.0 connection.
Easy to share unique URL for remote login to video and controls of your KUBI.
KUBI low battery indicator.
KUBI proximity displayed on "Available KUBI" list.
KUBI video app with tap-to-center controls can also be used for remote controls on iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.
Works over WiFi, 4G/LTE and 3G Networks.

Pricing and Availability

KUBI Video 2.0 is available immediately and is free. It is currently available for iOS-based devices with Android and other operating systems coming soon. The Original KUBI app is available for Android and iOS. Both applications are available for download here: https://revolverobotics.com/support

About Revolve Robotics
Founded in 2013 by robotic entrepreneurs Marcus Rosenthal and Ilya Polyakov, Revolve Robotics is one of the world's leading innovators in robotic telepresence. Revolve's flagship platform, the KUBI, has been shipping worldwide since January 2014. KUBI means "neck" in Japanese, and it is a robotic tablet stand that gives you the freedom to interact while video conferencing. KUBI delivers robotic telepresence for telehealth, distance learning, remote working, concierge and other applications. Revolve Robotics is dedicated to creating smart, simple solutions to real problems, timeless design, and an elevated level of practicality and functionality. Revolve Robotics is a privately held company based in San Francisco. For more information, please visit us at http://www.revolverobotics.com and follow us @RevolveRobotics.

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