Jazz Connect Telepresence Robot Reviewed – Into Robotics

You can be duplicated with just one click using a PC or a smartphone. This is true and for this was designed Jazz Connect. Jazz is a teleoperated robot built for virtual teleportation anywhere and just in minutes. The robot was built with a predilection for personal communications including LCD screens, articulated head, and a great flexibility in movement.

Any user can interact with other people using simple technologies like camera, microphone and loudspeakers. All these usual technologies are used remotely and add value to your gesture and words. The user is present virtually for production line control, in a meeting with colleagues from other offices, and the list goes on.

Using a browser and a simple and intuitive interface anyone can have full control over all robot features while the robot helps the user to avoid obstacles and to detect movements.

About the software, Jazz is Linux-based robot and integrates the open-source Urbi middleware.

The weaknesses of the Jazz Connect telepresence robot are the WiFi connectivity and the battery working time. Without connection to the Internet the robot cannot be controlled by the user, and after five working hours the robot has a dead time of 1.5 hours for battery charging.


On the top of Jazz is the articulated head with LEDs or optional LCD screen, high-definition camera and a microphone. The head is designed to make interaction more natural. The two LEDs are used to express motion using different colors. Optionally, instead the two eyes can be attached an LCD screen with a diagonal of five inches. On this screen display images with the user.

Wheeled Base

Jazz is one meter tall (around 39.57″) and is moving on wheels with a maximum speed of 4 Km/h. The base of the robot is the host for almost all sensors. For impact detection is integrated twelve ultrasonic sensors which are the eyes of the robot. Other sensors are integrated in the base docking, four infrared sensors that use infrared light when the robot is moving. As an optional in Jazz Security version is a telemetry laser sensor used in autonomous navigation.


The battery is one of the most important parts of the robot. Jazz has a working time of continuous motion and Internet connection for up to five hours. When the battery is down the robot enter in charging mode and connect automatically to the docking station. In recharging mode the robot remains fixed on the docking station for 1.5 hours.

Control Jazz

Jazz is characterized for four main features including movement, vision, it can hear and talks. All these four features can be controlled by anyone with an Internet connection and a PC or smartphone. The application from PC or smartphone has a friendly interface and intuitive control interface. With support for almost all web browsers, the application display in real-time camera captures and information to control the robot movements based on Gostai 3D technology.

The user has an available camera, microphone and speakers for interaction with anyone from the visual field of the robot. Even more, the head is articulated for easy and natural interaction.


  • Movement: fast and robust;
  • Sensors: 8 ultrasonic sensors, 4 IR sensors;
  • Autonomy: 5 hours;
  • Connectivity: Wifi 802.11G, USB2 port and support for extra accessories;
  • Brain: Atom N270 1.6 GHz/D510 1.66GHz processor;
  • Operating system: Linux OS (Ubuntu 10.04 server);
  • Vision: 2 camera types: 1600 X 1200 – 30 FPS;
  • Vision angle: 90° OR 720 x 576 – 25 FPS – Vision angle: 170°;


Jazz was designed to replace the user in a place at a moment with a high impact for stress and travel costs. Gostai has in offer a range of models, modern design and human-like head. All of these rise the Jazz in competition with VGo or Anybots QB



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