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One of this year's contenders for the People's Design Award. (2wice Arts Foundation, Inc.)

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“Double is the simplest, most elegant way to be somewhere else in the world without flying there,” claim the designers of Double, and they might be right. Double combines the advanced technology of robotics with something more familiar: video chatting on an iPad. Users simply connect to the platform from wherever they might be, and synch with a partner iPad attached to the Double robot. It comes “alive,” moving on its 10-inch wheels and adjusting the line of sight up or down as the user dictates. And if a user doesn’t want to move the robot remotely, Double automatically deploys a kickstand, stabilizing the device until the next time it needs to move to another place.

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