SAN FRANCISCO, MACWORLD/iWORLD 2013 –
The show floor at Macworld typically houses a familiar array of gadgets and accessories. There’s plenty of cases, docks, and attachments for your iPhone and iPad that are all essentially the same. Perhaps the most unique product at Macworld, however, is the Double, which Double Robotics describes as “wheels for you iPad.”
The Double is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. At first glance, it almost looks like an iPad mounted on a Segway, but it’s much more than that. You can control the Double from anywhere in the world as long as you have an internet connection.
Since the iPad is great for video conferencing, the Double lets you communicate from anywhere by simply accessing the unit of choice. With onscreen controls, you can navigate using the Double from an app or a web browser. Double Robotics says that the device is great for businesses, where employees can’t always be on location.
In addition, they predict that the device could be useful for schools and museums, allowing for flexibility and accessibility in schedules. The Double isn’t really intended for home use, as it comes in at $1999, but as the technology continues to improve in the future, I would expect these prices to drop.
You can pre-order the Double now.