Beam yourself to work in a remote-controlled body

September 26, 2012
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The Beam Remote Presence System is the most natural, effortless way to connect people separated by distance (credit: Suitable Technologies)

To make it more practical for engineers and others living in cheaper places to telecommute to work, Suitable Technologies (a Willow Garage spinoff) has developed a roving telepresence system that is more practical and less awkward to use than previous systems, says founder Scott Hassan, Technology Review reports.

The $16,000 Beam Remote Presence telepresence system, now available, can save on the expense and time of long-haul travel and allows remote workers to be more fully integrated into an office, he says. ”Being able to source people from anywhere in the world is a big advantage to companies.”