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Telecommuting 3.0: Introducing The Beam Remote Presence System — Shocklee Entertainment Universe ● The Future Frequency

Telecommuting 3.0: Introducing The Beam Remote Presence System

Ever wish you could ‘beam yourself’ somewhere? Well, now you kinda can. Suitable Technologies, a company out of Palo Alto, California is introducing what they call the Beam Remote Presence System [RPS]. Beam enables individuals to travel instantly to remote locations using videoconferencing on a mobile platform that provides a real physical sense of presence, while eliminating travel costs.

The Beam Remote Presence System consists of three components: the Beam Remote Presence Device [RPD], the Beam Client Software and the Beam Docking Station. The ‘pilot’ of a Beam RPD will use the RPD to communicate with ‘locals’ at a work setting.

Beam stands at a little over 5 feet tall, weighs 95 pounds and has a 17″ screen, enabling the ‘pilot’s’ face to be seen at human size. The battery power lasts for up to eight hours of active use and its motors can reach human walking speed of about 1.5 meters per second.

Seamless wireless connectivity is provided by 4 wireless radios and proprietary software. The Beam RPD also has two high definition cameras to provide a 170 degree wide field of view, both vertically and horizontally; a six- microphone beam forming array for human-like audio performance, background noise reduction, echo cancellation; a sophisticated speaker system in order to be heard in noisy environments and LED lamps to enable operation in low light.

The Beam Client connects to the Beam RPD and provides integrated controls for driving, video, and audio. The client is available for download as an installer on both Windows 7 and Mac OS X.

The Beam Dock, which charges the RPD’s battery and the pilot maneuvers the RPD directly into the dock without any local intervention thus making the Beam RPS independent.

Pricing for the Beam Remote Presence System begins at $16,000 for the Beam RPD and $950 for the Beam Dock and will begin shipping in November. Just imagine the accessories and add-ons that can come into play here if this device takes off. Check out the video below for a taste of the future and check out Suitable Technologies for more info.

Who says you can’t be in two places at once? Just don’t pilot it into the rain.


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