Over the years, we’ve seen all kinds of tools and apps and gizmos built to make work a lot less work. Some of them have come as project management apps like Trello, others have come as text and video chat apps like Slack and Skype for Business and some of them are too amazing to be put into a box…like Notion.
Today though, we’d love you to meet Double 2: the quirkiest attempt we’ve seen from anyone to make remote work. It’s a second generation telepresence robot (the kind you’d expect to see in a sci-fi movie), made by Double Robotics, and unveiled in January at CES 2016. Double first launched out of Y Combinator in 2012, started shipping its first iteration (the Double) in 2013 and has sold more than 5000 units since then.
It’s got a “smart rolling base”, and lets its user drive it around the office using the navigation keys on their keyboard. There’s more. It’s got “lateral stability”, which means it can make its way over the kinds of small objects you’d find on office floors like power cords, and metal room separators without tumbling over (and breaking your iPad screen).