Kit turns any netbook into a telepresence robot

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The robotic innovations are coming fast and furious! No sooner did we report on the VGo robot now being tested at Boston Children's Hospital than we came across Oculus, a motorized frame and software kit that instantly converts any netbook into a telerobotic, remotely operated vehicle. The brainchild of Vancouver, B.C.-based Xaxxon, Oculus consists of an adjustable frame that holds a variety of small laptops, along with powered wheels and a tilting periscope for the laptop's built-in webcam. The USB-powered device uses that webcam in conjunction with the netbook's microphone and speakers to broadcast two-way audio and video. Control software…

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