Availability These patents are presently available for license, however the continued availability of licenses should not be assumed. If your business plans depend on access to this technology (e.g. if it would be detrimental if a competitor controlled this space), you may wish to take steps to keep this option open. To inquire, call us at (408) 348-1495, or drop us an email inquiry. We'll get back to you quickly with a response regarding potential license availability and terms.
Pending CIP's of the patents will continue to extend the utility of our technology to a number of other exciting and essential robotic applications.
Use with interactive video In many applications, it may be desirable for the robot to show video of the remote user to local users. This helps local users realize that the robot is just another form of telecommunication device, and they interact with the robot and the remote user in a natural manner.
Robots with interactive video were described and published in the 1998 academic "PRoP" work of Paulos and Canny (icra98). This work describes a mobile robot with two-way audiovisual connections that is remotely controlled over the Internet by various types of broadband connections. Additional references and information can be found in Paulos' website and 2001 Ph.D. thesis.
Our patents have been cited by many other issued robotics patents (first group citing 6,658,325, second group citing it's initial publication number 2002/0173877, third group citing 2007/0061041):