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Domestic manufacturer of robots “Erbot” not found support for its development in Russia and went to look for investors and partners in North America. And the demand for Russians there is likely to be much higher.
The Russian group of companies “Erbot” is preparing to conclude the North American market robotic telepresence own development, told CNews Aleksey Knyazev, CEO of the group. As a basic version of the access to foreign markets “Erbot” considers the opening of a joint venture to produce robots with a local partner for co-financing.
According to Knyazev, with several potential partners, is currently being negotiated and worked out the issue of investment. Of greatest interest to this kind of cooperation shown in Canada, he adds.
A key product that the Russians are planning to print abroad, is a telepresence robot R.Bot-100. Its developer is a “laboratory of three-dimensional view,” a member of the group “Erbot.” The basis of scientific development team are graduates and students of universities in Russia and some CIS countries. Manufacturing robots made in China and Russia. In addition to robots, the group also specializes in integrated security systems, aviation systems, video surveillance and a number of other products.
Robotic telepresence, in fact, are managed “computers on wheels”, they are designed for the remote user interaction operator with people in real time from any location via the Internet.
Being on the computer, the operator can remotely control the movement of the robot, using it to see and hear what’s going on (for this device is equipped with a video camera, microphone and speakers), and voice chat with other people.
Such devices may for example be used by companies at trade shows to attract customers, or for remote learning disabled children. Price R.Bot varies from 100 to 300 thousand rubles. depending on the components used in it. The volume of sales of robots in Russia is insignificant, says CEO “Erbot.” According to him, put into operation a few dozen pieces.
The main applications of its development overseas companies see the organization of work for the disabled, school for disabled, sick pupils and students to use in hospitals to monitor patients.
Knyazev expects that the demand for robots abroad will be much higher than in Russia, primarily due to the fact that there is a different attitude towards the disabled. As other foreign markets, which in the long term the company could go out, “Erbot” as regards Europe, China and South America.
Who funded the development of own funds of companies. According to Knyazev, to the state for funding the company appealed three times, but the support was not received.
It should be noted that now the North American market telepresence robot market is dominated by American manufacturers. Thus, one of the first such robots for commercial use MobileRobotics company released back in 2000
Robots specifically for the monitoring of patients in medical institutions of developing the company InTouch Health. Tests of the first such devices began in 2003 In 2004, his first telepresence robot released RoboDynamics, and in 2008 the company introduced a new model. Among the other players in the market – the company AnyBots and WowWee.
According to analyst firm ABI Research the global market for telepresence robots in 2010 totaled $ 556.1 million, and in 2016, analysts expect its growth to $ 13.1 billion