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Last updated March 3, 2016

eMotion: Give Your Tablet Wheels! Video Chat That Moves You!

Drive your video chat in a whole new direction with professional grade telepresence. Interact from across town or around the world!

eMotion: Give Your Tablet Wheels! Video Chat That Moves You!

Drive your video chat in a whole new direction with professional grade telepresence. Interact from across town or around the world!

CA$ 15,073
pledged of CA$ 70,000pledged of CA$ 70,000 goal
48
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, March 3 2016 2:03 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated March 3, 2016

About

Introducing eMotion

Introducing eMotion, a moving, robotic device that holds your iPad or Android tablet. Use a phone, tablet or PC to video chat (like Skype or Facetime) over the Internet with the tablet your eMotion robot is holding. During your video chat, you remotely control the movements of the robot to have it go wherever you please. This is called telepresence. It's awesome and it's going to change the way you think of video chat!

Video chat with remote movement control of the eMotion robot
Video chat with remote movement control of the eMotion robot

Move Your Video Chat in a New Direction

eMotion is the world's first professional grade, telepresence robot that is extremely affordable. Use it for work or use it for fun! eMotion gives your tablet wheels to take your video chat / conferencing in exciting and fun new directions! No more static conversations looking at wherever the camera happens to be pointing. eMotion puts you in the driver's seat for limitless new video chat scenarios.

eMotion is ready to use right out of the box for work or play. Beautifully crafted with quality components and attractive finishes, eMotion fits perfectly in any home or office decor. With the click of a button, you instantly connect to your eMotion robot from across town or around the world.

What Can I Do with eMotion?

The possible uses for eMotion are endless:

Hands free chatting
Hands free chatting
Actively chat with family while away on business
Actively chat with family while away on business
Pet monitoring from the office
Pet monitoring from the office
Natural height for comfort during long chats or while watching movies
Natural height for comfort during long chats or while watching movies
Home security
Home security
Check all is okay at home
Check all is okay at home

What Will You Do With Your eMotion?

  • Facilitate a guest from another country to speak at your church?
  • Remotely attend meetings and move around your workplace?
  • Allow distant friends and family to tour your house from their PC?
  • Show and tell in the classroom?
  • Hide and seek games for the kids? 
  • Write your own apps to customize your robot or add new functions? 
  • Add your own sensors to bring new abilities to your robot?

It's all up to your imagination!!

Why Did We Make eMotion?

We've been fascinated by all the possibilities of telepresence but the devices available are very expensive ($2000 - $3000). Video chat with full movement control allows for a limitless number of new scenarios not possible with static video chat. We love the idea of being able to monitor our homes when we're away but the available stationary camera products are relatively expensive and are stuck on the shelf you place them on, viewing just what's directly in front of them. 

We wanted a professional style telepresence device that could do real work but was cheap enough that we could buy one just for fun. We realized a lot of other people would want one too if we could produce it in quantity and achieve a very low price point.

Use What You Already Have and Save

The iPad and Android tablets we all use are Internet connected computers capable of capturing and playing video. Most people upgrade fairly frequently leaving them with older tablets that typically sit on a shelf gathering dust. The price of a new, basic tablet is also quite affordable. eMotion puts your current or older tablet to work in amazing new ways. 

What Devices Can I Put on my eMotion?

eMotion was designed for 10" tablets but also holds tablets down to 7". The following tablet configurations are supported for use on your eMotion robot:

  • any iPad (except the first version) running iOS 8.0 or later
  • any Android tablet running OS version 4.0.3 or later

What Devices Can I Use to Connect Remotely With My eMotion?

You can control the robot from another Android or iOS, phone or tablet or from your PC through a Chrome web browser. The following devices can be used to connect to your eMotion robot:

  • any iOS device running iOS 8.0 or later
  • any Android device running OS version 4.0.3 or later
  • any desktop or laptop PC equipped with a camera and microphone running the latest version of the Chrome browser

Download the Free App and Go

Just download the free iOS or Android app to your tablet, mount it securely on the robot and you're ready to go! If you're using an iOS or Android phone or tablet to connect with your eMotion robot, just use the same app on this device as well. If you're using a PC running Chrome, just have the latest version of Chrome installed on your PC. 

The following are screenshots of various devices running the eMotion app while controlling an iPad mounted on the eMotion robot:

eMotion app running on Apple iPad
eMotion app running on Apple iPad
eMotion app running on Samsung Tab4 tablet
eMotion app running on Samsung Tab4 tablet
eMotion app running on Apple iPhone 6
eMotion app running on Apple iPhone 6
eMotion app running on Samsung S3 phone
eMotion app running on Samsung S3 phone
eMotion app running on a PC in a Chrome browser
eMotion app running on a PC in a Chrome browser

Communicate Securely

Your connection will be arranged automatically through our free and secure cloud service. All video connections are carried out directly and privately between your devices.

Product features and dimensions
Product features and dimensions
Professional and attractive design
Professional and attractive design
Anodized extruded aluminum column
Anodized extruded aluminum column
Bottom: Wide base and four contact points for enhanced stability
Bottom: Wide base and four contact points for enhanced stability

Note: Production unit will have larger wheels and rollers for superior movement across flooring and transitions.

Power Specifications

The robot is powered by a battery box that holds AA alkaline batteries. This provides the 5V power required to run the Bluetooth controller and motor drivers. Using standard batteries avoids costly import and shipping restrictions which keeps our costs down and reduces shipping delays. You can use your own rechargeable AA batteries if desired. To increase standby times for the robot and/or tablet, commonly available and inexpensive USB power units can be easily added by the user and housed neatly in the rear compartment. The center column has a channel for conveniently hiding any cable used to provide additional power to the tablet. 

Developer SDK

Want to extend your eMotion robot to do your own things? We've got you covered. The free eMotion SDK will allow you to write your own iOS and Android apps that control eMotion's motors via Bluetooth. Simply use the sample Bluetooth control code from our SDK to quickly get your app running your robot. Your tablet is already packed with multiple sensors you can make use of.

In addition, we will open source the Bluetooth and motor controller hardware to any interested backers who want to better understand and/or customize their robot. We've also left plenty of room in the rear compartment in case you want to add your own hardware (e.g. additional sensors) and keep it out of sight. The eMotion aluminum column is designed for easy mounting of your own accessories at any height you need. The column also has a channel for conveniently hiding any wiring you add to keep things tidy.

How Can We Offer this Quality of Product as a Reward at Such a Low Price?

Firstly, we are happy to supply the Kickstarter production units directly to backers at cost in order to ready the product for later retail sale. Kickstarter is about covering our production costs to make this project a reality; it's not about making a profit from backers.

Secondly, we are keeping our costs as low as possible. At every point in the eMotion design process, our extended team has used their broad industry experience to ensure quality components and design never translates into parts or processes which are expensive to manufacture. By making the right choices, having the right partnerships already in place and moving to mass production, we are able to pass the savings onto all our backers!

Production and Delivery Schedule

Help Us Bring this Project to Life!

Some half size 3D printed conceptual prototypes
Some half size 3D printed conceptual prototypes
Concept to final design
Concept to final design
The production ready eMotion touring the Hong Kong Science Park
The production ready eMotion touring the Hong Kong Science Park

As you can see, this project is very real, ready for production and has endless possibilities! Please back us now and help us reach our goal to deliver eMotion to the world. As soon as we meet our goal, we will give the green light to begin manufacturing so we can quickly deliver eMotion to all our backers.

Thank you! We can't wait to see what you do with your eMotion robot!

Thanks from the eMotion team!!

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Risks and challenges

Many Kickstarter projects are run by people who have great ideas but think the hard work is done once they have the idea. They struggle through communication barriers to find a manufacturing partner and then convey and convert their design into something that can actually be manufactured at somewhere near the cost they originally thought. This knowledge gap with respect to manufacturing processes means they are unable to make early design decisions to enable easier and lower cost manufacturing. All of this leads to huge delays in delivering the product to backers and the end product is frequently inferior to what was promised due to late manufacturing compromises.

The eMotion product team is composed of an experienced software development team in North America and an elite product design and manufacturing team in Hong Kong's prestigious Science Park facility. The eMotion product has been designed from the ground up by the entire team to ensure it will be delivered in the form promised and on time. The Canadian development team spent two months in Hong Kong working closely with the Hong Kong team to define the product and produce the first sample units. The product is now ready for mass production and we know exactly where and when that will be done. We just need the green light from this campaign to put in our order for mass manufacturing.

This all said, unexpected factory or shipping delays out of the team's control are possible in any project. With our planning and experience, any such delays will be kept to an absolute minimum. Rest assured the team will be extremely transparent in reporting the project status and any delays encountered.

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