Kicking the Remote Presence Device Tires with Beam

April 23rd, 2014 2 Comments


Remote Presence Devices or RPDs are finally becoming mainstream with products such as the Beam from Suitable Technologies. Today I kicked the tires of one (virtually of course) thanks to friend of the lab Dan Kildahl. I toured the newly renovated marketing offices at Oracle HQ. My first impression was really good. Around family and friends I am known as the clumsy game player. Yeah, I’m the one that gets constantly stuck against walls during first-person video games. But with the Beam interface I was able to easily navigate around the floor. I didn’t hit any wall, and that is good news.

I asked Dan how it was received around the office. He mentioned mixed opinions, which is completely understandable. All these new technologies are for sure changing social norms (see Google Glass). But as a technologist I just can’t help but feel excited.

What are your thoughts?

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2 Responses to “Kicking the Remote Presence Device Tires with Beam”

  1. T.O. Says:

    “Danger, Will Robinson!” I hope you said this at least once :D

  2. Joyce Says:

    How did it feel in terms of peripheral vision? Did you feel like you had a full range of vision or pretty only much could see straight in front of you/the screen?

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