BeamPro at Universities


Universities, more specifically; university professors, administrators, and students are boldly going where they haven’t gone before. Beam Smart Presence Systems are arriving on campus, and universities are discovering how Beam connects students and professors in new ways for sharing knowledge, attending class, and creating a great customer experience for students.

(Photo: M State)

Beam fulfills the need for shared awareness between people, places, and things by combining mobility and video conferencing to for an immersive communication experience anywhere and everywhere conversations take place. Beam enables people to be there, and interact naturally by seeing and being seen, hearing and being heard, with the freedom to move about from anywhere in the world.

At Cornell Tech, Professor (and self proclaimed Beam evangelist) Serge Belongie uses the Beam at least six times per week while guest lecturers, teaching assistants and professors have beamed in from California, Ithaca, Israel and more. In addition, a Professor Deborah Estrin was able to watch presentations, congratulate graduating students and mingle in the crowd of guests – all while being 5,000+ miles away in Israel.

cornellprof (Photo from Cornell Tech)

Beam works well teaching in classrooms because 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. The viewing monitor is placed 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 classrooms, events, or other noisy environments.

postdocs_beam (Photo from Cornell Tech)

Universities are using it outside the classroom as well. Dr. Peter Wielinski, chief student services officer at M State, said the college invested in the new technology primarily as a way to help meet the needs of students. With four campus locations and its online eCampus, Wielinski said, the college often faces the challenge of scheduling assistance for students at times of high demand, such as the start of a new semester.

“With a distance of 50 to 100 miles between our four campuses, the use of our Beams ensure that the most appropriate person can provide face-to-face support services anywhere on campus without delay,” Wielinski said. M State estimates the use of Beam could save the college up to $45,000 annually in travel costs for student services staff. They could also cut down on travel time and costs for administrators and others who will be able to use the technology to avoid driving for meetings and allow the college to invite guest lecturers and experts to interact with students – without any travel time or expense.

Stanford Football Coach David Shaw beams in for a team meeting. (ESPN blog)

Often, students cannot attend a classroom in-the-flesh due to disability, sickness, or injury. University of Maryland Ph.D student Kavita Krishnaswamy has a disability and is unable to leave her home easily, she beams into academic conferences around the country and defended her PhD thesis using the device. In addition, a student involved with the LearningLab at the EMLYON Business School in Lyon, France experienced an accident while rock climbing, and managed to beam into the classroom from his hospital bed.

More beam photos from the LearningLab at the Lyon EMLYON Business School.

Academic researcher, Mary-Anne Williams of the University of Technology, Sydney uses Beam to enhance education and communication between students for real-world applications such as research collaboration, accessibility and interaction, and conference participation. She uses Beam to connect three research labs in California, Korea, and Australia; in addition to having Steve Wozniak beam in for guest lectures.

School beams in new teachers for their initial interviews. (See VIDEO)

The use cases are endless: beam in alumni to mentor students or attend special events, recruit high school students and athletes by beaming them onto campus, beam in guest lecturers, beam in professors who are away at a conference, beam in students who are sick or injured, share operations between multiple campuses, link academic researchers who are working on similar projects, and overall – connect people anywhere and everywhere conversations take place.

An alumnus beams into the Stanford vs. Notre Dame football game pep rally. (Photo: Steve Toepp)

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Meet the Beam Team at CES 2015!


Suitable Technologies at CES 2015!
(Booth #30869, LVCC South Hall 2nd Floor)

Suitable Technologies develops BeamPro and Beam+: Smart Presence technology products that combine mobility and video conferencing to enable users to move about, speak, see and interact with friends and family – regardless of their location. Our mission is to give people of the world broader access to each other through face-to-face interaction.

to Kickoff CES!
Will.I.Am beamed in for 3DSystems‘ press event.


Beam+, first public glimpse at CES 2015!
Beam+ is a Smart Presence System ideal for those who are away from home or live far away from their friends and family. Simply set up Beam+ at home, or in your desired location and beam in from anywhere to instantly see, hear and connect with those you care about. You can find more information about the technology of Beam+ HERE.

Features Include//
– Two 640×480 HDR cameras (with 30 frames-per-second video)
– 4-microphone array that cancels echo and reduces background noise
– 10” LCD screen, and a high-quality audio that allows you to see and be seen, hear and be heard, from anywhere
– Beam+ is priced at $1995, we are taking orders
– Battery life: 2 hours of active use

We are taking orders for Beam+ at


The Remote Workforce Booth
Booth #30869 LVCC South Halls 3-4, Upper Level
– At the only booth run completely by machines, don’t miss the debut of one of the biggest products at the show: the “MEGA Beam!” MEGA Beam is an 18-foot tall working replica of the company’s Beam+ product.
– Suitable Tech will also host tours for visitors allowing them to beam into multiple museums including The Detroit Institute of Arts (Diego Rivera’s painting “Detroit Industry), The Computer History Museum (see Google’s self driving car) and The Seattle Art Museum.


Featured session “Lifelong Tech Panel”
January 6 at 9:00 a.m. PT @ Bellini 2106 in The Venetian
Join us as Kavita Krishnaswamy beams in on stage for the opening session of the Lifelong Tech Summit. The panel will discuss assistive technologies such as Beams and robots. Kavita has spinal muscular atrophy and has been beaming into conferences and events – most recently having used the technology to beam in to present her thesis at University of Maryland, Baltimore County.


Media Contacts:
– Mindy Hull, Mercury Global Partners,, +1 415 889 9977
– Kayla Egbert, Mercury Global Partners,, +1 407 529 6937
– Amanda Taggart Hughes, Mercury Global Partners,, +1 310 980 9587

Watch Kavita beam in for her Thesis Defense on Dec 9! (Live Stream, 5:30pm EST)

Name: Kavita Preethi Krishnaswamy

Thesis Proposal Title: Increased Autonomy with Robotics for Daily Living

Date and Time of Defense: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm on Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Location of Defense: ITE 325B

Live Webcast: or

Committee Members: Dr. Tim Oates (Chair), Dr. Dan Ding, Dr. Tim Finin,
Dr. Charles Nicholas, Dr. Yelena Yesha


Robotic technologies can provide people with disabilities invaluable
tools to perform activities of daily living (ADLs). Few studies have
investigated how effective and accessible the control of robotic aids
is for people with severe physical disabilities with respect to their
needs and current facility with technology. Though present-day robotic
aids can help people with disabilities with important daily living
tasks, there is still room for improvement.

What has been needed, and heretofore unavailable, is a self-directed
transferring, repositioning, and personal care robotic device that is
capable of increasing independence for people with physical
disabilities without the assistance of caregivers. This thesis
proposal will serve as the base of the research study to design and
develop self-directed transferring, repositioning, and personal care
robotic systems with a focus on accessible user interfaces for control
that are feasible for persons with severe physical disabilities. The
interface should allow local and remote control, and thus must be
aware of network constraints to ensure safe and accurate control.


Quote from Kavita’s advisor, Prof. Tim Oates

“I was initially skeptical that the use of the [Beam] would
be much different from phone or skype. We did a practice run of Kavita’s
talk using the Beam in the room where the actual defense will take place.
Kavita stood at the head of the table to give her presentation; she would
turn to look at the screen when videos played so she could watch and
comment. Then, after the presentation we walked together through the
halls of the building back to my office. Kavita said she had not been in
the building in about 4 years, and she clearly enjoyed being able to
return. We took a couple of pictures together. In effect, having her
there with the [Beam] was VERY close to having her there in person. It was
a rather surprising and remarkable experience.

– Tim Oates “

Suitable Technologies Opens First Beam Store

New Beam Store at 425 University Avenue in Palo Alto Gives Consumers a Place to Experience Smart Presence Systems First-Hand

PALO ALTO, CA–(Oct 31, 2014) – Suitable Technologies, Inc.®, the company that brings people together with Smart Presence technology, today announced their new Beam® Store located in the heart of Silicon Valley at 425 University Avenue in Palo Alto. The store provides a fun way to experience the Beam Smart Presence System first-hand. The space opens the Smart Presence experience to anyone visiting Palo Alto by engaging the community, and connecting long-distance family and friends via Beam. The Beam Store will be operated completely by remote staff sitting as far away as New York City and Sydney.

Currently, those interested in telepresence devices such as Beam do not have a convenient location to visit and experience the technology. While friends of Suitable Technologies’ clients have access to the technology, sharing that experience might not be an option because Beam devices might be located in private offices. Beam helps people to do amazing things, see places they’ve never seen, and visit locations across the world in a fraction of the time. The Beam Store will beam in people from around the world to the Bay Area to facilitate connections and the sharing of ideas with ease.

“We’re excited to announce the opening of our first Beam Store as a place where you can come and experience Beam for yourself,” said Scott Hassan, CEO, Suitable Technologies. “The benefits are numerous — everything from reducing the carbon footprint to easing the work-life balance. We feel strongly about improving quality of life and increasing face-to-face interactions, and further exposing Beam is a way to do that. We’d love for everyone to come check it out — even if you’re not in the area, you can just beam in.”

The Beam Store creates awareness and challenges people to rethink communication. Suitable Technologies is excited to share Beam with the community, for example, by facilitating face-to-face visits between local students whose family lives abroad.

Beginning November 15, 2014, the Suitable Technologies Beam Store will also feature a monthly events calendar that is accessible to everyone via G+ and Facebook. Those who are interested in visiting the store in person can find it at 425 University Avenue in Palo Alto, California. People who live remotely can beam into the store by simply scheduling a BeamPro Test Drive.

Suitable Technologies will host trick-or-treaters on Friday, October 31 until 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time for special Halloween activities. The Beam Store will be open every day of the week between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. Pacific Time.

Photos from our Opening Party
*images taken by a remote pilot on “PhotoBeam”







BeamPro Cameos & Stories Told by the People who Beam

NeimanMarcus Innovation Lab interview on CBS (2:40 mark)

Zoomdata Overview – With Justin Langseth (Zoomdata Video)

Humin for iPhone can replace your Phone app | Or, my first meeting as a [beam] went something like this (The Verge)

Cornell Tech Tackles #FOMO with BeamPro (Cornell Tech Blog)

Westfield San Francisco Centre pioneers new mall concept: Bespoke (SF Gate)

L’Inside [Beam] dans les coulisses de l’Allianz Riviera (AllianzFranz Video)

Stanford Coach David Shaw attends Team Meeting (ESPN)
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Utilisation de [beams] au LearningLab de Centrale Lyon et EMLYON Business School (Twitter)

BeamPro: From Parlor Trick to Paradigm Shift (Shelly Palmer Blog)

Square moves into new S.F. headquarters

Speakers & Attendees beam into Conferences around the World

Countless people beamed into events over the past week. BeamPro was made available to attendees at the:

– World Economic Forum: Tianjin, China
– External Developer Summit (XDS): Vancouver, Canada
– CTIA Super Mobility Week: Las Vegas, NV
– UbiComp: Seattle, WA

“The External Developer Summit (XDS) had 400 attendees from the games industry, it was fantastic to have the BeamPro on-site to bring a presenter on stage from Belarus who would otherwise have not been able to attend.”

– Chris Wren, Chair XDS Advisory Committee

“Ubicomp is the premier international conference focused on the design and exploration of technologies of the future. Researchers pride themselves on inventing the future and presenting it at the conference. Beams were an instantiation of just that at Ubicomp – the future of conference attendance. Our use of Beams gave new opportunities to people who could not easily attend Ubicomp in person. Some had accessibility challenges and reduced mobility. They told us that the Beams were empowering and a game-changer when it came to interacting and engaging with others. Others could not attend in person because of travel restrictions including a the birth of a new child, limited funds, or limited time to travel; again, the Beams opened up new opportunities to network and learn about the latest in technology advancements through remote attendance.

One of our remote attendees suffered from Spinal Muscular Atrophy, confining her to a bed and wheelchair on a daily basis and limiting her attendance at university to be via Skype only. She described her use of the Beams as a priceless opportunity and a life-changing experience. Before Ubicomp, it has been a dream for her to attend a conference like it. Beams turned that dream into a reality.”

– Carman Neustaedter, Simon Fraser University

Remember, speakers and attendees can join a conference or show anywhere an internet connection is available. Contact us to inquire about BeamPro for your next event:

World Economic Forum- AMNC 2014

For the past week, we’ve been in Tianjin, China, at the World Economic Forum- Annual Meetings of the New Champions 2014.

The show has been a great success! We had various speakers, WEF staff, and Global Shapers Beam in. Our CEO, Scott, attended numerous sessions and we received positive feedback all around.

Beam on the red carpet
Global Shaper Waleed Abdel Rahman enjoying his
Beam experience in “The Village”
Max Levchin chatting with a fellow Beamer
Scott showcasing Smart Presence Technology 
Dr. David Agus moderating the session “Recoding
Disease” via Beam
Participant filling out “live survey” with WEF staff,
Cynthia Gaechner, from Geneva
Scott being interviewed by CNBC- Africa
Professor Erik Brynjolfsoon Beaming in for his
debate “Chrome-Collar Jobs
Global Shaper Leandro Pisaroni Gerbaldo with his team
Two Global Shapers enjoying the beautiful closing

Thanks for everyone who helped make everything possible!