We take a look at this awesome video conferencing robot.
When you first look at the Double 3, the first thing that came to mind is that this is a similar robot that I’ve seen in TV shows like The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family. It’s basically a two-wheeled robot that features a touch display standing on an extendable pole that includes a variety of sensors and cameras.
The Double 3 is a way for you to be physically present in a location even if you’re working remotely, which is a perfect solution given today’s new standards of working from home. When you look at it, the Double 3 aims make you feel more connected to colleagues at work. You may laugh at the concept at first, but using the device for days made me realize its true potential.
It is also incredibly simple to operate. After taking out the Double 3 from the box and charging it up with the base for a couple of hours, you only need to connect it to a Wi-Fi network to get it working. You then have the option to scan a QR code from the Double 3 to access a secure webpage to control it. Alternatively, you can also create guest logins that you can share for people to connect directly to the Double 3.
Here’s the best part, once someone is connected to the Double 3 they can immediately see their surroundings and can even control the robot so it can move freely around. It uses a Click-to-Drive interface where you can click on a specific area and the Double 3 will immediately go to it provided there are no obstructions. Using Mixed Reality, the Double 3 can identify key points to an area to tell you what it can see.
The Double 3 also includes two 13-megapixel cameras with an ultra-wide field of view that allows it to see everything and even supports zoom. These cameras can also be titled so you can see what’s up or down, unlike fixed cameras that can only see at one angle. There are also six beamforming microphones that help the robot hear even at a far distance along with an integrated audio system that offers louder audio that’s still audible in busy surroundings.
The screen comes in at 9.7-inches and is similar to an iPad (the previous Double robots utilized iPads while the Double 3 uses their own multi-touch LCD) and it’s customizable as well since the silicone rubber trim on the main display is replaceable and is available in five different color options. While the interface is mostly basic, a Developer API is available for the Double 3 that allows you to create special apps that can run on the robot. There are even HDMI and USB 3.2 ports along with top and hardware mounting ports that let connect additional hardware.
I’ve tested the Double 3 for a couple of days, sending links to friends, family, and colleagues and have them connect to the robot, which they’ve managed to do flawlessly. A colleague of mine, for example, connected to the Double 3 with a 5G connection while is in Abu Dhabi and he mentioned that the experience was great. There were no hiccups with the video, and controlling the Double 3 was also immediate. Security-wise, each visitor pass link that you give can come with a specified time so you don’t have to worry about them connecting again after your session has ended.
Overall, the experience using the Double 3 was great and gives you a peek at how the future of remote work will be. The Double 3 is now available in the UAE through Jacky’s Business Solutions.