3D printed ‘SelfieBot’ goes open source to encourage student robotics

By Benedict

The team behind the 3D printed ‘SelfieBot’ has open coded its smartphone telepresence robot for schools and universities, to encourage students and young makers to build their own versions. SelfieBot remains available to buy either as a DIY kit or pre-assembled device.

Front-facing cameras on mobile phones have changed the way we communicate with friends, family, and business associates. Handheld video conferencing allows smartphone users to engage in face-to-face conversation any place, any time, and is perfect for quickly conveying essential audiovisual information. For some purposes, however, handheld video capture will not suffice. Just as mobile phone handsfree kits have been essential car accessories for many years, handsfree video or “selfie” kits are now staking their claim as an essential communication tool.

Last year, a Russian American robotics startup named Endurance presented the 3D printed SelfieBot as the ideal solution to all your handsfree selfie needs. Far more than a 3D printed stand, the smart machine promised to transform your handset into a mobile driven robot by providing biplane rotation of a mobile device and by tracking a speaker’s face using Google API and its dedicated app. Automatic motion tracking, remote camera orientation, and a host of other high tech features made the SelfieBot an incredibly useful device for a range of video applications, including conferencing, time-lapse videos, and more.

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