Hello! We've been busy at Xaxxon working on our next platform, currently dubbed Oculus ITX. It is to be a four wheeled rover like Oculus, but will be aimed at home/office/warehouse surveillance, with less of a focus on telepresence. Instead of using a small laptop for its brains, it will have its own mini-ITX motherboard built in, running Linux or Windows. Here are the specs so far:
- Mini-ITX Atom motherboard with SSD, 4Gb RAM, Wifi
- Four x 5-inch wheels with independent quiet-running DC gearmotors for each
- Capable of navigating 1.5" obstacles, and off-road operation (fair weather only)
- Built in battery and charging system, 2 hours run time or higher
- Charging station with automatic-visual docking
- USB camera, with 220 degrees of vertical tilt
- Spotlight/Floodlight built into camera tilt
- Xtion/Primesense 3D depth camera mount
Here's a shot of the very 1st prototype (quite a few things are going to change, but this is the idea):
18 second video:
And a shot next to good 'ol Oculus, for scale:
The software is very similar to that of Oculus, built on the same open Oculus-Java platform, and the controller PCB is Arduino compatible. We plan on offering the robot in a fully configured and assembled version, AND in a bare-bones, ship flat, kit version that you supply your own mini-ITX hardware for. Pre-order availability is still a couple months or more away yet, so stay tuned!
And - The Fritz Robotic Head Kickstarter Project
There's only a few hours left to get in as a backer, so check it out!