How to Look Perfect on Beam

Want to look your best while connecting to a Beam at your workplace, on stage, or while visiting family with your new Beam+?

Before you start, make sure your computer is hard-wired into an ethernet port to assure you have excellent connectivity. Read more about Beam network requirements.

Step 1: Allocate a 6ft x 8ft area for your computer setup.


Step 2: Mind your background, select a solid-colored wall (with a single piece of wall art). If using a backdrop, place the desk and easel 4ft apart, so the backdrop fills the entire video frame on the Beam application. DO NOT sit in front of a window (have lighting on your face instead of behind you).


Step 3: Place the monitor at the rear edge of the table, and place the keyboard at the front edge of the table, so your eyes appear as if you are looking straight into the webcam (although you are actually looking at Beam application).


Step 4: Position a LED light so it parallels the top of the monitor and the light points at your face.


Step 5: Place the microphone toward the front edge of the table and keep it as close to your chin as possible while keeping it out of view of your webcam.


Step 6: Position the Beam application window center shrunk to its smallest size underneath the webcam, at the top of the screen, and use the screen real-estate in the bottom half for other browser windows.


Links to purchase the items in this post:

Microphone Stand

Humans of SXSW 2015

Humans of SXSW 2015

The Beam Team decided to check out SXSW in true form this year: we rolled from bar to bar, fist-bumped many wonderful people, and kept up with all of the other creatures on 6th St.

First, we were registered as a new student at Greendale Community College.


However, the white alien mustache men were difficult to understand, so we decided to seek out a career as a fire fighter.


Some folks perceived the Beam as a good omen.


Next, we met somebody who re-interpreted what it meant to “light your face.”


Wrong holiday?


The tech folks were working into the night.


To conclude our evening’s adventures; we invented new dance moves with the locals.


Our visit to SXSW ended in the best of ways: two people who are bedridden with disabilities connected to Beam in order to give their SXSW talk “People with Disabilities can ‘Be There’ Too”


Thank you SXSW!

Museums Adopt Technology to Give Guests with Physical Disabilities the Opportunity to Tour Art Exhibits with BeamPro

In the first program of its kind, Suitable Technologies has partnered with various museums to bring self-guided tours to individuals who are physically unable to travel to various museum across the country. From anywhere in the world, users can “beam in” to participating museums thanks to Suitable Technologies’ BeamPro: a technology that combines mobility and video conferencing to enable users to move about, speak, see and interact with friends and family – regardless of their location. Visitors will be immersed in a self-guided exploration of the exhibits, allowing them to view galleries and experience the museums firsthand from the comfort of their desktop or laptop.

Watch CBS Sunday Morning “Robots open up the world of art”

Self-guided, remote access museum experiences open a world of possibilities. Individuals with physical disabilities and seniors who are limited in their ability to explore can now visit their favorite works of art, artists and museum collections. This is not the first time Suitable Technologies has been recognized helping the disabled community. Click here to see Henry Evans, a mute quadriplegic, use the Beam to visit the de Young Museum in San Francisco and here to see Kavita Krishnaswamy present her thesis on robotic aids using BeamPro.

Museums in the Beam accessibility pilot project include the Fine Arts of San Francisco, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Computer History Museum and the Seattle Art Museum and the National Music Museum.

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco ( is comprised of the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park and theLegion of Honor in Lincoln Park; it is the largest public arts institution in the City of San Francisco and one of the largest art museums in the United States. Request Beam access and sign up online.

The Detroit Institute of Arts (, beam in to experience Diego Rivera’s fresco style mural titled Detroit Industry, considered the finest example of Mexican mural art in the United States, and the artist thought it the best work of his career.

The Computer History Museum (, beam in to explore the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society. The Computer History Museum is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computer history and is home to the largest international collection of computing artifacts in the world.

The Seattle Art Museum ( has been the center for world-class visual arts in the Pacific Northwest since 1933. Beam into the Northwest Coast Gallery to view paintings, sculpture and works on paper from artists of the Pacific Northwest.

The National Music Museum ( is one of the great institutions of its kind in the world. Its renowned collections, which include more than 15,000 American, European, and non-Western instruments from virtually all cultures and historical periods.

“Suitable Technologies is delighted to offer people with disabilities the opportunity to experience museums and cultural sites that were previously inaccessible,” said Scott Hassan, CEO of Suitable Technologies. “Not only does this program allow us to support our mission to give people all over the world broader access to technology, it also solidifies our commitment to furthering tele-tourism both locally and globally.”

The program received short-term testing at CES 2015 this January, where attendees were invited to beam into the museums from the conference show floor.

BeamPro embodies the user with an authentic presence and immerses the user with reliable low-latency audio and video for natural communication and control. BeamPro can be used by anyone, anywhere, so long as there is a Wi-Fi connection. Inquiries for BeamPro can be made by contacting Suitable Technologies.

If you would like to schedule a time to visit the Museum or participate in a Beam guided tour, please contact one of the following contacts:

Amanda Taggart Hughes
Mercury Global Partners for Suitable Technologies

Christa Cliver
Director of Museum Business Development

SXSW Session: With Beam, People with Disabilities Can “Be There” Too

You voted and we made the cut. On March 16th, we’ll be presenting at SXSW and we’d love for you to join us.

Join Erin Rapacki (of Suitable Technologies), Henry Evans and Kavita Krishnaswamy as they answer the question “How can the digital world help people with disabilities lead more fulfilling lives?” Henry and Kavita will beam in from their respective homes in California and Maryland to present their case for assistive technologies. Read on to find out more.

Who is Henry Evans?
Henry Evans, a home-bound and mute quadriplegic, uses the company’s BeamPro to “walk again.” Henry is a huge proponent of #assistivetechnologies and was recently featured on CBS Sunday Morning News using the #BeamPro to tour museums around the US. Watch it here.

Who is Kavita Krishnaswamy?
Kavita uses BeamPro to reduce the physical limits of her spinal muscular atrophy. Kavita has been beaming into conferences and events – most recently having used the technology to beam in at Mobile World Congress and the CES Lifelong Tech Summit. Watch here as she defends her thesis at the University of Maryland via Beam.

What are the details?


Session: People with Disabilities Can “Be There” Too
Monday, March 16
11:00AM – 12:00PM
Austin Convention Center
Room 12AB

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)

Please contact the Beam Team to learn more:
Or, sign up for a BeamPro Test Drive right away!

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 “