Even though most of us can’t afford to pay one person to patrol our home at night, it would still be nice to know that something are checking everything as we sleep. That’s where Moorebot’s Scout robot was designed to come in.
Currently the subject of the Kickstarter campaign, Scout rolls on the floor and rugs on four independently powered wheels. Furthermore, they are Mecanum wheels – this means each is made up of a series of angled rollers, allowing the robot to move from side to side while still facing forward.
Users start off by manually driving Scout through a patrol route on one floor of their home, using the included iOS / Android app. The robot’s built-in software records that route, then guides Scout along it as the bot performs its scheduled patrols.
Since Scout is wirelessly connected to the home Wi-Fi system, users can watch real-time video from its 1080p night camera through an online portal. This means if they’re on vacation, for example, they can still subscribe to it. They can also manually control the robot through that portal – or through the app, if they’re at home at the time.
Also, since the robot has its own motion detector and microphone, it can automatically check for abnormal movements and noise. It can automatically detect and avoid obstacles when it’s active, plus it’s supposed to be capable of recognizing human and pet bodies – so if it’s do Check for movement or noise, the robot can tell if it’s a human intruder or the user’s cat or dog.
Users can even talk to that person or animal, thanks to the onboard two-way audio communication system. All videos are recorded and stored in the cloud.
According to Moorebot, a single charge of Scout’s 2,000 mAh lithium battery in three hours should do well in about 2.5 hours of run time. When the battery starts to run low, the robot will automatically go back to its dock to recharge.
As mentioned earlier, Scout is available on Kickstarter. Assuming it’s produced, you’ll get a pledge of $ 139 – an expected retail price of $ 199.
It can be seen in action, in the video below.
Source: Kickstarter, Moorebot