Aug 17, 2015 | By Simon

When it comes to smartphones, it’s hard to argue that Selfies are among one of the most popular (if not the most popular) uses for today’s apps and technologies including Skype, Facetime, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and nearly every other communication or social media platform.

However, as convenient as it is to be able to take a photograph or record live video of yourself, there are still times where the use for a hands-free device could come in handy.  At least, this is what Russian design engineer George Fomitchev has set out to do with the SelfieBot, the first product from his new startup Endurance.  

Aimed at becoming the go-to device for hands-free video calls on smartphones, the SelfieBot could also theoretically be used as a mobile wifi camera, a video baby monitor, a videoconferencing device, a wireless charger and even an external power bank thanks to the on-board power supply.

“Our device adds new dimensions to your mobile abilities transforming your gadget into a smart machine,” explains Fomitchev.    

“SelfieBot may convert your mobile device into a WiFi camera very easily. It turns your mobile gadget into perfect video phone.”

Calling their device “a revolutionary step in the robotics industry,” Fomitchev and the rest of his development team have included a number of features that are sure to make the SelfieBot useful for many who use their smartphones as a tool for videoconferencing.  Among others, these features include automatic motion tracking when recording video or making a video call, camera orientation remote control, two axes of rotation, wireless charging of mobile devices and infrared lightning.  

However, perhaps one of the best features of the design is that it is able to come in a ‘SelfieBot Hacker Pack’’ which enables those with a 3D printer and some design know-how to customize the design to their liking and 3D print it at their home or office in whichever material they choose.  For just $100, the Endurance team will ship those who purchase the ‘SelfieBot Hacker Pack’ everything that’s needed to assemble their own design except for the 3D printed housing itself.  Altogether, these parts include the necessary microchips, servos, design sketches and CAD files.  

For those who would prefer purchase a SelfieBot that’s ready to be used without the need for 3D printing any components, Endurance is selling pre-assembled SelfieBots for just $50 more at $150 as a part of their Indiegogo campaign.  With 39 days left to go in their campaign, the company is hoping to raise $20,000 to create their first round of production models.     

To find out more and to purchase your own SelfieBot, head over to the company’s Indiegogo page.  


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George Fomitchev wrote at 8/21/2015 11:41:32 AM:

we are not copying anything... We make more than they did... Can you put a talbet on it? Does it have follow me fuction? Does it charge your mobile device? Can you use it as a battery bank?

shaun lamont wrote at 8/20/2015 7:06:23 PM:

3 years too late....poor copy of Motrr Galileo

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