Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Beam

PostedOctober 28, 2012

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Anchor Lede: Say you’re in a video conference, the meeting ends, and you want to talk further with one of the people in a remote office. Now you could actually follow them out the door.

Randy Atkins: A new remotely-controlled technology called Beam can display a live video conference image of your talking head perched at eye level atop a stand on wheels. From any computer, workers just...

Josh Tyler: ...login, choose a device anywhere in the world, beam into it, and operate it through video, audio and driving.

Randy Atkins: Yup, driving. Josh Tyler, an engineer at Suitable Technologies, says two H-D cameras, six microphones, speakers, and a dual WiFi system lets the teleported worker seamlessly navigate, and be a real presence, throughout an office.

Josh Tyler: You can push a chair out of the way, you can push doors open or closed, basically what a person can do we’ve tried to make it possible.

Randy Atkins: With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.

Anchor Tag: The Beam just went on sale and costs 16-thousand dollars each.