Made by: VGo Communications, Nashua, N.H.
On the market: 2011
What it does: The VGo acts as a personal avatar—or, as the company says, “replicates a person in a distant location”—via the robot’s camera, microphones and video display. The remote user can move the VGo around a facility. The robot has applications in telemedicine, and the company also pitches it to hospitals and nursing homes as a way for family members to virtually visit their loved ones.
Cost: Starts at about $6,000, plus an annual service contract of about $1,200
Users include: Oregon Health & Science University, Portland; El Camino Hospital, Mountain View, Calif.; Intermountain Healthcare, Salt Lake City; Casa Grande (Ariz.) Regional Medical Center; Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego