Feeling remote? Try a $2,000 telepresence robot

Double Robotics’ $2,000 telepresence robot, Double.
(Credit: Stephen Shankland/CNET)
PARIS — For telecommuters who just aren’t happy with Skype videoconferences or Google+ hangouts, why not try a telepresence robot?
David Cann, co-founder and chief executive of Double Robotics, showed off such a beast today here at the LeWeb show. The $2,000 design looks, in Cann’s words, like an iPad on a Segway.
The robot, called Double, is basically a mobile videoconferencing device. On the bottom is a pair of wheels and a motor; in the middle a thin stalk; and on the top a bracket with an iPad. The…

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