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Beam introduces video chat robot

Posted by Alan at 1:10 PM on February 25, 2014

beamVideo chat has become common in today’s world, especially in the workplace. Robotics, though, still has a tendency to sound a bit futuristic. Beam, however, has found a way to combine the two, with a robot that sports a video display, allowing for both face-to-face chat and mobility.

All of this functionality is controlled by the person seen on the screen, who controls the robot from a desktop or laptop computer. This is done by an app the company provides to the buyer for installation on any computer. The Beam, which comes from Suitable Technologies, is available right now. It’s geared towards corporate use, as the price comes in at $16,000, but that includes setup and support.

Interview by Don Baine, the Gadget Professor

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Suitable Tech shows off Beam — remote telepresence device

Posted by Alan at 6:01 PM on February 15, 2014

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SuitableTech came by during CES in Las Vegas to show off its Beam. The name may be a bit vague in describing what the product is, but it s rather cool technology.

In a nutshell, this is a remote telepresence device, though many would likely simply refer to it as a robot. The device is mounted on wheels and has a display screen on the top. It can then move around to various people and allow for face to face communications with someone in a remote location. The device promises an eight-hour battery life. Beam is not really for home use, as you’re looking at a $20,000 install, but it will be handy in many business situations. You can find out more by visiting SuitableTech.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network

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