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Proto Labs’ Cool Idea award winner Roambotics has developed an autonomous personal robot named Jr, a freestanding wheel that moves independently through a home or workplace environment while audio sensors and four on-board cameras capture high-quality video and still images.

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The Roambots’s initial capabilities — which include nearly 360° of vision — will focus on security. If an intruder enters a home, for example, a Roambot can send a text or email notification to the homeowner alerting them of a break-in.

The first wave of Roambots will be Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled with an optional cellular data plan that users can purchase. Connectivity allows all of the data gathered by Jr to stream through the cloud directly to the Roambotics network and smartphone app. Content can then be securely pushed to or pulled by users.

Larry Lukis, founder of Proto Labs, said Proto Labs was attracted by the friendly, non-threatening unicycle form factor of the Roambotics Jr. He added that the Cool Idea award wil help advance the Jr toward commercial reality.

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Proto Labs delivers fully functional prototypes in production-intent materials to dramatically cut the cost and time normally associated with product development. This empowers designers and engineers with the means to rapidly develop, test, and get their products to market first in an ever-competitive global market place.

Proto Labs delivers fully functional prototypes in production-intent materials to dramatically cut the cost and time normally associated with product development. This empowers designers and engineers with the means to rapidly develop, test, and get their products to market first in an ever-competitive global market place.

Protomold delivers injection-moulded parts from moulds manufactured utilising state-of-the-art high-speed CNC machining technologies. Parts can be moulded using almost any engineering-grade resin and are ideal for prototyping, bridge tooling and low-volume production.

First Cut satisfies the need for functional prototypes much earlier in the development cycle for quantities of 1–10+. Because First Cut delivers prototypes in engineering-grade resins and aluminium they will have real material properties and improved surface finishes. In other words, they will be functional.

When you submit your 3D CAD model, Proto Labs’ powerful super-compute cluster creates an interactive quote giving pricing options and where appropriate, suggesting changes to improve manufacturability. You simply interact with your quote online, tailor options such as material and delivery to your requirements and with every change, the pricing information automatically updates. This built-in ‘what-if’ analysis enables last-minute project refinements to be accommodated at the click of a button.

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