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Sony Ericsson’s camera on wheels
15 March 2005
Written by David Hall
Ready to be wowed? Announced at CeBit, the ROB-1 from Sony Ericsson is a digital camera on wheels. Yes, you read right. Sony Ericsson has possibly come up with the wackiest accessory that I’ve ever heard of to date. The ROB-1 is operated via Bluetooth, with a range of up to 50 meters.
The ROB-1 has a built in VGA camera, located on a central “base” which has a wheel attached to it. The wheel is attached to a motor giving it the ability to move around on a surface. The actual VGA lens inside the ROB-1 can tilt 70° and 20° down, giving you a full view of your surroundings. It is also able to rotate on its axis. Bright lights at the front of the ROB-1 lead the way and enable you to still capture good looking photos in dark situations.
Now comes the cool part – control of the ROB-1. The device uses Bluetooth to communicate to either a PC or mobile handset, where the images are streamed live (QCIF streaming, VGA capture). You control the ROB-1 using your handset or PC; you have control of its movement left, right, forward, back, and so forth.
This means you can view exactly what is happening through the lens of the device on your handset or PC screen, just as if you were seeing it with your own eyes! When you wish to capture an image, just press the associated button and your picture is captured. The images captured are of VGA resolution, which is 640 x 480 pixels.
The ROB-1 has a USB interface allowing you to view the images on your PC, but images can also be stored on the handset controlling the ROB-1. The ROB-1 can be operated from up to 50m away using Bluetooth Wireless Connectivity.
We at iMobile.com.au can’t wait to see how much the ROB-1 will be available for, and definitely seeing how it performs in real life situations! You can expect this space age device to hit the market in the 3rd quarter of this year.
Ericsson ROB-1 (Angle shots)