Getting on the i-Go Robot takes some getting used to, only because you have to put some trust into the machine. What you do is stand the machine upright, place one foot on the corresponding pad and let the i-Go calibrate. Once it’s calibrated, it maintains its position while you lift your other foot and place it on the other pad. It’s as simple as stepping onto a stair, but it may take a few tries at first since it may go against your natural instincts. Standing on the i-Go, you move forward by putting weight on your toes, halt by putting momentarily weight on your heels, and reverse by placing prolonged weight on your heels. In between your legs is a bar used to steer by shifting your legs in the corresponding direction.
Once you get the controls down, the i-Go handles really well. It is highly sensitive to your movements, allowing you to get pretty technical with your motions. The SC model also comes with a handlebar which can be attached if you are uncomfortable riding longer distances hands-free. Having the option is certainly nice, making it a versatile machine. The i-Go Robot SC can have a variety of applications. Personal use can include joyriding and commuting, while businesses such as warehouses, airports or malls can see fit to utilize them for employees. i-Go Robots has two other models, the LA and the T2. All their products have a five year warranty, which shows great confidence in their product. The SC retails for $3,965.
Used everywhere from around the house to the White House, BeamPro is equipped with a 6-microphone array that cancels background noise. The robot itself features two wide-angle cameras, a 17” LCD screen and a built- in speaker system. Between its movable base, which can reach a speed of 2 mph (about matches the pace of walking), and its predictive navigation, BeamPro provides users with a lifelike “physical” presence. BeamPro’s docking station provides the entire mechanism with a full charge for 8 hours of active use or 24 hours on standby. While its more basic counterpart the Beam+ (also made by Suitable Technologies) is available for $2,495, purchasing a BeamPro requires you to get a direct quote from Suitable Technologies. You also have the option of selecting a 4G card as opposed to its standard two dual-band radios.
The product can be purchased in three different kits. OM Smart Kit 1 costs $275 and includes one shirt, an OM Smart Box and the app. OM Smart Kit 2 costs $370 and includes two shirts, the box and app. The final OM Smart Kit 3 costs $450 and includes three shirts, the box and app. Purchasing a shirt separately costs $150 and the separate OM Smart Box costs $125. If you’re a sucker for name brands, OMSignal recently partnered with Ralph Lauren to create the PolotechTM Shirt with higher-end flourishes such as silver woven into the fabric to read the real time data. That one will cost $295.