Vote for Beam at SXSW 2015

SXSW Interactive sxsw panelpicker2015 is getting closer by the day and whether you are attending the event or not, we’d like to ask you a favor.

Voting is now open and we’re hoping you’d cast your ballot for us. SXSW voting operates through the PanelPicker, a two-step online process that allows the SXSW community to have a voice in what sessions are scheduled at the SXSW Interactive Festival.

Go to the PanelPicker, create an account and get ready to vote now through Friday, September 5, 2014. Each voter can vote once per proposal, so invite your friends and family, too!

What’s our session? People with Disabilities can “Be There” Too

We’ll be answering the question, “How can the digital world help people with disabilities lead more fulfilling lives?” with the help of Henry Evans, a Technology Activist living with quadriplegia.

Via the Beam Smart Presence System, Henry will talk about how beaming into museums has allowed he and others who are home-bound with disabilities visit places which would be otherwise impossible for them to travel to.

Our Director of Marketing, Erin Rapacki, will finish the session off by taking the audience on a live tour of museums, and other locations, around the world.

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Beam takes the Stage!

Beam takes the stage! Conference organizers are beaming speakers into events and panel discussions. Watch interesting talks below with topics ranging from Ocean Conservation, Tele-Tourism, Thorium Reactors, and Paleontology; all talks delivered via BeamPro.

Make the World Accessible with Tele-Tourism By Henry Evans


Henry Evans is a pioneer in adaptive robotic technology to help him, and other disabled people like him, navigate the world. Henry uses Beam Smart Presence for his talk at the Aspen Ideas Festival.


Thorium Cycle Patent Holder on the Future of Energy By Roland Kupers


Roland Kupers, physicist and former Shell Oil executive, beams in from the Netherlands for an interview on “The Science Table.”


Solutions for an Endangered Humanity By Rob Stewart


Rob Stewart, an award-winning biologist, photographer, conservationist, and filmmaker; uses Beam Smart Presence for his talk at Ideacity.


Bringing Back the Passenger Pigeon By Ben Novak


Ben Novak, a specialist in paleontology, genetics, ecology, and ornithology; gives his Ideacity talk on “The Great Comeback,” a project to bring the extinct passenger pigeon back to life.


Interested in beaming in an event speaker or guest? Lease a BeamPro and our support team will go the extra mile to assure your WiFi connection on stage works perfectly. Please contact us with questions.


InfoComm 2014 Show Wrap-Up


That’s a Wrap!

InfoComm 2014 was our best show to date! Numerous show attendees stopped by our booth to say Hello, learn more about Smart Presence, and pilot a BeamPro from one of our pilot stations.

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Pre-show, we were so excited to have the new color options for BeamPro in the booth, that we decided to celebrate by wearing costumes (and hope nobody was scared off by Darth Vader).  It was nice to learn we weren’t the only ones in costume on the show floor.


One of the pilot stations was connected to the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, where InfoComm attendees beamed in from our booth to tour a multi-million dollar apartment for sale at Ghirardelli Square.

Sir, do you plan on making an offer?

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Thanks to all who attended our Wednesday night party at the PBR Rock Bar! We would love to throw another party at next year’s InfoComm. Beam is all about bringing people together, so we’re happy to provide a social setting where everyone can relax after the show.


A number of folks wanted to visit our booth in Las Vegas, and many beamed in to do so! We held our first Beaminar for a dispersed team who wanted to try beaming.


And remember, when in Vegas, it’s important to travel in style!


Thanks, and see you in Orlando!

- The Beam Team



New Features for BeamPro!

There are new things on the horizon as we, at Suitable Technologies, always aim to fulfill our promise of bringing people together. With that, we’re excited to unveil the new Beam application with an easy-to-use UI (User Interface) with new features:

BeamPro assisted docking

Pilots can dock their BeamPro with ease because BeamPro does it for you! Through a combination of augmented reality and object recognition of the dock, BeamPro can steer itself onto its charging contacts. Simply holds down the letter “P” on your keyboard and voilà, you are docked!

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BeamPro – Assisted Driving

BeamPro assisted driving

Navigate with confidence! A new option adjusts BeamPro’s driving speed according to its environment using LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging). The add-on is a simple option for the base of the BeamPro.

BeamPro colors

Red, Orange, Black and Grey, oh my! BeamPro is available with customizable color options to fit your taste or brand.

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BeamPro – Customized Colors

Elevate communication by bringing people together: The Beam Smart Presence System offers people broader and more immediate access to each other like never before. Ask us about a test drive and check out the full press release here

News: Suitable Technologies Unveils New Features and Options for BeamPro


Smart Presence System, BeamPro Now Offers Assisted Docking, Assisted Driving, and Color Customization Options

PALO ALTO, CALIF — June 18, 2014 – Suitable Technologies (, the company that brings people together with Smart Presence technology, today announced the new Beam application with features such as assisted docking, along with several new additions for its Smart Presence System (SPS), BeamPro®. The new options now available for BeamPro include assisted driving capabilities and customized color choices. BeamPro goes beyond video conferencing technology; enabling users, or pilots, to enjoy meaningful interaction through the combination of low-latency audio and video with tele-operated maneuverability anywhere WiFi and 4G are available.

“As the leader in Smart Presence, we are happy to improve our Beam SPS in order to offer people broader and more immediate access to each other; enabling anyone, anywhere to be present, participate, and interact.” said Scott Hassan, CEO and founder, Suitable Technologies. “We are pleased to unveil the new Beam application with an easy-to-use UI and a number of features our customers have requested.”

The latest Beam application features a new UI (user interface) and includes a new assisted docking feature, enabling the BeamPro to dock itself once its charging station is within view of the BeamPro’s navigation camera. A pilot simply holds down the letter “P” on his or her keyboard and the BeamPro will dock itself onto its charging contacts. The Beam application delivers a realistic sensory experience to BeamPro pilots, and can be downloaded free on any Windows® 7 or Windows 8 (including Microsoft Surface® tablet) or Mac (OSX® 10.6 or higher) device. Benefits and features of the new BeamPro options include:

  • BeamPro assisted docking: docking is made easier for pilots through the use of augmented reality; object recognition of the dock and real-time path planning help steer BeamPro’s charging contacts onto its dock;
  • BeamPro assisted driving: a new option that adjusts the BeamPro’s driving speed according to its environment using LIDAR (LIght Detection and Ranging), thus helping a pilot navigate his or her BeamPro safely;
  • BeamPro colors: fully customizable color options including red, orange, black, and grey, so customers may personalize BeamPro to their taste or brand.

How BeamPro works
The BeamPro fulfills the need for shared awareness between people, places, and things. It embodies the remote individual, or pilot, with his or her authentic presence, and immerses the individual using reliable low-latency audio and video for natural communication, interaction, and control to the benefit of everyone involved. BeamPro mimics the physical presence of the pilot by placing the viewing monitor at eye-level, and low-latency video broadcasts in 480p in order to promote natural response times for gestures, driving, and other conversational cues. Application-specific audio makes use of six microphones, ideal for conversations up to 20 feet away, and cancels background noise; thereby making BeamPro and excellent A/V option for factories, events, or other noisy environments. With BeamPro, everyone is welcome to join the conversation, regardless of location.

To learn more about Suitable Technologies and Beam and to elevate your communication, please visit

About Suitable Technologies
Suitable Technologies develops Smart Presence Systems (SPS) ideal for bringing people together. The Beam SPS, which includes products BeamPro and Beam+, is an immersive communication experience that projects a person’s authentic presence better than any other video conferencing device on the market today. Beam enables people to be there, and interact naturally by seeing and being seen, and hearing and being heard, from anywhere in the world. Founded in 2011, Suitable Technologies products are designed and manufactured at its headquarters in Palo Alto, CA. Follow @suitabletech on twitter, like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, or elevate your communication at

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School Attendance via Beam

After a climbing accident that caused Simon to stay in bed rest, he thought he would be missing his classes for a while. As luck would have it, the management team of the Ecole Centrale de Lyon brought a Beam to his school. Not only was he able to attend all his business school classes, he was also able to interact and collaborate with his peers on various project from the comfort of his hospital room. One of the project he was working on was to build“The most important aspect is for us is the human side . [This device] ato have a social life with other students is fundamental for us.”

This is the first time that a student in Europe has been able to attend classes remotely via smart presence device. Special shout-out to Awabot for making this happen!