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Helios

 

The idea is to use this lightweight affordable robot for telepresence. One thing I don’t understand is the fact that how this device is  different from a mere video conferencing application. Would people really spend that extra $99 for an extra bulky gadget for their phones needs to be seen.

Developer Quotes:

“We are currently on the third iteration of Helios. The first model was developed during the Spring 2012 hackathon at Princeton University. This version was built on a trackpad platform by Robotshop and took first place int he hardware category of the hackathon. After some problems with the tracked moving parts, the second version of of Helios was built on the Boebot platform. As our development of the hardware continued, we created the third and current version with the help of SeeedStudio, one of the largest electronics manufacturers in China. The current version employs personal electronic circuits in addition to a completely new body design, manufactured through CNC and 3D plastic printing. For larger volumes, we will use injection molding for all plastic part, which also allows for a glossier look. As outlined, the pricing tiers represent actual manufacturing quotes from SeeedStudio.”

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Summary of the book

A journey that speaks about how influential a leadership tactic could prove to be to attain the best of the results from your sub-ordinates in the toughest of work environments. It also speaks about the effectiveness of spelling ‘US’ instead of ‘I’ in work to gain trust and maximum efficiency from the workers. Abrashoff has also stressed upon the fact that a leader should never suppress the ideas of his/her workers (crew in the case of Benfold) and that due importance and attention should be given to their emotions and thoughts. The workers are also attention seekers when it comes to making decisions, and the leader should never feel ashamed of taking suggestions from them. ‘Give Respect. Take Respect.’ this is another aspect that Abrashoff has stressed upon. Any worker for that matter seeks respect for the job he/she does and the leader has the right to question his/her work. But this shouldn’t be done in a way which could pose a threat to the leader-labour relationship. Respect their work and try to convince them that things could be made better. Leadership is not something that portrays a designation tag but something that must be earned by leading as an example. Abrashoff’s journey conveys exactly this.