January 08, 2019      

OhmniLabs today launched its latest telepresence robot at the CES 2019 event in Las Vegas. The Ohmni Supercam Telepresence Robot features the highest resolution camera available in a telepresence robot, giving users the ability to see content on whiteboards and printed documents much more clearly than other systems.

OhmniLabs Supercam

The Ohmni Supercam’s Streaming Snapshot feature lets users take 13-megapixel digital images (4,208 by 3,120 pixels) any time during a telepresence call. Source: OhmniLabs

Combined with the company’s new Streaming Snapshot features, users can now take 13-megapixel digital images (4,208 by 3,120 pixels) any time during a telepresence call, the company said. Snapshots are instantly streamed straight to a browser, and can be zoomed in for extra detail. This enables telepresence attendees to share information easier, more efficiently, and clearer, OhmniLabs said.

The Supercam robot costs $1,995, and will ship in mid-January. It is currently available for ordering, the company said. More details are available here.

Jared Go, OhmniLabs

“The ability to read a handout or actually see what is written on the board is game-changing for anyone using telepresence robots,” said Jared Go, co-founder and CTO of OhmniLabs. “We’re thrilled to bring Supercam to market and transform how people stay connected. We also predict that it will enhance the ways telepresence can be applied in new industries, such as health care and manufacturing.”

Features and specifications of the Supercam robot include:

  • A height of 48- or 56-inches, foldable for easy transport/shipping (33-inches when folded).
  • Weight of 18 lbs.
  • Up to six hours of continuous call time battery life, up to 18 hours of idle time.
  • GlideDrive silent independent dual-drive motors, with user-controlled variable speed, and a top speed of 2.2 mph (3.2 feet per second). Free-wheeling mode lets you simply push the robot if desired.
  • WebRTC video standard, no apps to download. VP8 video codec, up to 30 fps @ 1,280 by 1,024 resolution.
  • Pan, tilt and digital zoom with HD main camera.
  • 1-inch touchscreen display and Jabra Audio system.
  • Embedded 802.11ac dual-mode Wi-Fi.
  • Android operating system, with API available on request.

At CES, the OhmniLabs team plans to demonstrate new robotic arms for its current Ohmni robot. The arms are designed for “ultra high strength-to-weight”, making them safer and precise, OhmniLabs said. Made of carbon fiber, the arms also use Ohmni’s backlash-free cable drive technology. The OhmniLabs VR control system also makes it easier for users to tele-operate and train the robot’s arms for automated tasks.

The company will be located at Booth #42152 in the Sands Convention Center in the Accessibility Area, Smart Home section. The company’s co-founder and CEO, Dr. Thuc Vu, will speak on the panel session “Creating Tomorrow’s Robotic Caregivers” during the [email protected] event on Thursday, Jan. 10., at 2:15 p.m. PST.

Founded in 2015, and based in Santa Clara, Calif., OhmniLabs “believes in the positive impact robots can make on people’s everyday lives, and is committed to accelerating the robotic development process. Led by robotics experts from Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University, the team is re-inventing traditional robotics development through scalable lean manufacturing with 3D printing. The company’s flagship product, Ohmni, is an award-winning telepresence robot that transforms how people communicate in various environments, from classrooms, nursing homes, to hospitals and offices.”