Have you ever had a friend or a family member go on an exotic vacation only to find yourself living vicariously through their social media posts? Well, now you can also live vicariously through a robot.
Bay Area start-up Let's Robot allows users to control its robotic fleet through a chat room. Users type commands into the chat room to move the robots in a certain direction or to play around with their LED lights. You can think of it as a collaborative, interactive avatar.
"When I started, I wanted to make the world's first live, interactive show" featuring robots, says Jillian Ogle, founder and CEO of Let's Robot. She soon found that the technical infrastructure to create such a show didn't exist, so, along with the help of a few engineers, she set out to make her own.