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.® https://suitabletech.com, 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”

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BeamPro Cameos & Stories Told by the People who Beam


Zoomdata Overview – With Justin Langseth (Zoomdata Video)
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Humin for iPhone can replace your Phone app | Or, my first meeting as a [beam] went something like this (The Verge)
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http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/14/6001161/humin-app-for-iphone-ankur-jain


Cornell Tech Tackles #FOMO with BeamPro (Cornell Tech Blog)
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http://tech.cornell.edu/news/cornell-tech-tackles-fomo-with-beampro


Westfield San Francisco Centre pioneers new mall concept: Bespoke (SF Gate)
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http://www.sfgate.com/style/article/Westfield-San-Francisco-Centre-pioneers-new-mall-5801646.php


L’Inside [Beam] dans les coulisses de l’Allianz Riviera (AllianzFranz Video)
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Stanford Coach David Shaw attends Team Meeting (ESPN)
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http://espn.go.com/blog/pac12/post/_/id/69671/david-shaw-attends-meeting-in-robot-form


Utilisation de [beams] au LearningLab de Centrale Lyon et EMLYON Business School (Twitter)
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https://storify.com/jpberthet/robotcampus-au-learninglab


BeamPro: From Parlor Trick to Paradigm Shift (Shelly Palmer Blog)
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http://www.shellypalmer.com/spb/2014/10/3/beampro-from-parlor-trick-to-paradigm-shift


Square moves into new S.F. headquarters
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http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Square-moves-into-new-S-F-headquarters-4892854.php#photo-5318999

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: https://www.suitabletech.com/contact/

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.

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

 

Beam into Las Vegas for the CTIA Expo, Sept 9-11

 

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Want to see the CTIA’s Super Mobility Week Expo?
Beam in to tour the trade show floor!

Suitable Tech. will set you up with a remote tour via BeamPro.

So what do you need to do?

  • Respond to ctia14@suitabletech.com to RSVP
    • Include 3 Dates / Times in order of preference (during Expo hours only)
  • Suitable Tech. will coordinate with you to set up a Beam account (it only takes five minutes)
  • Beam into booth #6332 and tour the show floor!

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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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