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Robot App Store

RobotAppStore
Initial release Aug. 28, 2011
Operating system All robotics operating systems
Type Software update, digital distribution
License Proprietary
Website .com.robotappstorewww

The Robot App Store is a digital application distribution platform for applications for robots opened to the public on late 2011.[1][2][3] The service allows users to browse and download applications that were developed for robots, and published through the RobotAppStore.com website.

Depending on the developer, applications are available either for free or at a cost. The applications can be downloaded directly to a robot, (like NAO) or downloaded onto a personal computer (PC) or a smartphone. 70% of the sale price goes to the developer of the app. [4]

History

The Robot App Store opened on Aug. 28, 2011.[5] for developers. On early 2012, the website was opened for consumers.

The Robot App Store is available for developers and robot-owners from around the world.[6]

The portal offers a centralized encyclopedia for robotics topics called Robopedia.[7] A comprehensive knowledge-base[8] for developers covering development lessons for popular robotics platforms such as Roomba, AR.Drone, LEGO NXT and even robotics operating systems such as ROS.

Supported platforms

The Robot App Store supports all commercially-available robots, and all operating systems available for robots. A typical application will run autonomously on the robot’s processor and internal resources. However, applications can be executed on platforms such as a laptops, desktops and smartphones.

A list of supported robots, and supported application formats:
Robot Name Supported apps formats
Robotis BIOLOID C++
Violet KAROTZ JavaScript, XML
Sony AIBO RCODE
LEGO NXT Mindstorms Software, C++, .NET, ROS
iRobot Roomba C++, .NET, ROS, Java, Android
iRobot Create C++, .NET, ROS, Java, Android
Aldebaran Robotics NAO Choregraphe, C++, .NET, ROS
Parrot AR.Drone C++, .NET, ROS, Java, Android
Orbotix Sphero Java, Android
TheCorpora Q.bo ROS
WowWee RS.Media WowWee Personality, C++
WowWee Rovio C++, .NET, Blackberry COD and JAD
Innvo Labs Pleo Pleo Skit

Developer program

Individuals and companies can join the developer's program and submit their applications for approval and distribution. Once joined, identity verification is required to confirm the ownership of the account.[9] Approved developers are getting access to pre-launched apps.

Robopedia

On August 17, 2012, the company launched Robopedia[10] [11] - the first encyclopedia covering robotics’ topics. The resource was driven by customer service requests for more information about apps that people had downloaded for their home robot projects. RobotAppStore.com's founder, Elad Inbar, said that more than 70 percent of their calls from customers were for more information. The topics cover the present and future of robots, including their components and concepts. It enables beginners and seasoned developers to learn about robotics' acronyms and terminology, as well as read step-by-step application-development for numerous robots — vacuum cleaners and humanoids alike.

Funding

The company was funded by its founders since its inception. On December 10, 2012, the company announced its first external investment of $250,000 from Grishin Robotics,[12][13] which was founded by Dmitry Grishin, the CEO and Chairman of Mail.ru Group. The company is the second company funded by Grishin Robotics following the investment into Double Robotics earlier in 2012.[14]

References

  1. ^ "TIME Magazine: Robots Get Their Own App Store". TIME.com. January 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Finally, an app store for robotkind". CNET.com. 
  3. ^ "The Robot App Store Will Fulfill Your Fantasy Of Owning A Beer-Serving Bot". Fast Company. 
  4. ^ "Developer Revenues". 
  5. ^ "Robotics App Store Launched". Robotics Trends. 2011-08-28. 
  6. ^ http://www.robotmagazine.com/new-apps-store-for-robots-spurs-industry-creativity-and-openness/
  7. ^ "Robopedia - Robotics encyclopedia". 
  8. ^ "Robotics Knowledge Base". 
  9. ^ "Joining Robot App Store's Developer Program". 
  10. ^ "MSNBC.com - Robots get their own encyclopedia". 
  11. ^ "Robopedia - The Robotics encyclopedia". 
  12. ^ "TechCrunch - RobotAppStore Raises $250K From Grishin Robotics To Take The App Distribution Model To The World Of Robots". 
  13. ^ "Mail.Ru CEO Dmitry Grishin’s robotics investment firm puts $250k in RobotAppStore". 
  14. ^ "Grishin Invests $250,000 in Double Robotics’ Telepresence Platform". 
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