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!

 

Beams @ MuseumExpo

Two weeks ago, we were in the Emerald City at the Washington State Convention Center. This was a fantastic experience for Beam and The American Alliance of Museums (AAM). The attention we’re getting has been positively received by the museum goers looking to expand their services via Beam. Not only can Beam be used for the guests to view galleries, but also for tour guides to showcase art in museums across the globe.

While touring the convention booths, two of our Beam pilots had the opportunity to meet Your Music Memory, a company that has dedicated the last 10 years to combining both music and art into their products. They have a collection of rare guitars that have been painted by the original album artists such as Storm Thorgerson, Roger Dean, Stanley Mouse and Mike McInnerney to bring their inspired album covers to life on these very rare and special custom guitars. Not only were our pilots impressed, but the company has also opted to collaborate with Beam to better represent their vision through our smart presence device. We are honored to have received such a positive response as we hope to expand and bring together the art world for those who appreciate it as much as we do.

Two of our beams are currently in use at the De Young Museum here in San Francisco, just across the street from the Academy of Sciences. Beam presents great opportunities for any users to easily experience the museum firsthand all from the comfort of their desktop computer or laptop.

AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International)

Last week, Beam was at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida for the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) annual conference. We partnered with UTARI and are proud to support their efforts working with the Wounded Warrior Project. Beam made it possible for attendees to “beam” into the UTARI research facility in Texas and communicate with staff in real time conversations.

AUVSI represents not only the opportunity to enhance business through connections but also the facilitation of the integration of systems. These technology partnerships are key in the efforts to create a safer environment for our military as well as society. The conference reported an expected amount of over 8,000 participants from 55 countries such as Europe, Asia, North America, South America, Australia, and Africa. This experience was a unique opportunity for us to collaborate with colleagues from around the world and interact with the latest technological advancements.

These advancements are seen in the specific applications in the worlds of civil service, government/military, commercial, and academia.We were honored to have have had the opportunity to not only answer questions about our technology and relevant applications, but also learn about the up and coming technology developed by students and companies. Many attendees took advantage of the great location and enjoyed the wizardry world of Harry Potter.  We are looking forward to what great innovations and knowledge leading experts we can expect for 2015.

 

GCUC (Juicy) 2014

During the beginning of this month, Beam traveled all the way to Kansas City, Missouri, for the Global Coworking Unconferenced Conference (GCUC). We had 4 beams there and not only did we enjoy the historical sights at the Airline History Museum but also participated in workshops. People were impressed by just how easy we were able to participate in ongoing discussions.

We were happy to help two young professionals (with Commons Calgary) from Canada  attend the event via Beam. Due to unforeseen circumstances that came up last minute, they realized that they were unable to travel to Kansas City. Beam was able to come to the rescue so Erynn and her brother could attend the conference remotely and participate from their homes in Canada.

This experience highlighted the prominence of creative thinkers all around us. We are honored to have been immersed among many remarkable minds from around the world who share the goal of creating and sharing leading edge ideas. Although we did not fly out on one of the incredible aircrafts such as the rare TWA DC-3 (also known as Douglas), we did join the Conga line as the grand finale of the conference.

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Edison Gold Award for Communications Technology

Last week, we were proud to take home the Edison Gold Award for the “Most Innovative Communications Technology”. We were excited and honored to be a part of this prestigious event.

The Edison Awards is a program conducted by Edison Universe, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to fostering future innovators. This award is judged on four criteria: concept, value, delivery, and impact, by more than 3,000 senior business executives and academics from across the nation.

We brought 2 Beams to the Merchant’s Exchange Building and had a great time meeting the exhibitors and watching live product demos. We also enjoyed interacting with innovators at the Gala in the iconic San Francisco Julia Morgan Ballroom. The highlight of our night was hearing innovative winners like Elon Musk and Yan YuanQing present. Thank you Steering Committee for choosing Suitable Technologies for this award.
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We couldn’t be happier to be there. Go Beam!
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Enterprise Connect 2014

Beam went coast to coast last week at Enterprise Connect in Orlando, Florida; a conference focused on connecting people in the workplace.

For three days, our team beamed in from Palo Alto, California and Kansas City, Missouri, joining Greg and Erin on the conference floor. As the conference got underway and the tech-savvy crowd filed through the doors, our team noticed something different from previous conventions… more people than ever knew about Beam and smart presence technology! We enjoyed fun and informative conversations with Enterprise Connect attendees. We explained how Beam recreates the “human experience”, facilitating face-to-face conversations for those unable to be present.

As day two of Enterprise Connect came to an end, we realized that a trip to Orlando wouldn’t be complete without visiting Disney World. Thanks to the 4G compatibilities of BeamPro, Emily and Cameron Beamed in around Downtown Disney. Once they arrived at DisneyWorld, they were greeted by a plethora of astonished children and parents. It only took minutes before Cameron and Emily felt like celebrities, taking pictures with the intrigued crowd and showcasing the benefits of Beam.

Enterprise Connect was not only an awesome trip, but also a reminder that our smart presence technology is continuing to become prominent everyday. Here at Suitable  Technologies, we are happy to be leaders and innovators in this exciting and rapidly evolving realm.

‘Til next time, Orlando!

 

VISA DBP Conference

Earlier today, Jennifer Olayon beamed into Diversity Best Practices Conference in Foster City, CA, all the way from New York City. Erin from Suitable and Jenn from Working Mother (via Beam) took the stage to explain the benefits of remote working. With Beam, a company can keep remote workers engaged and allow them to have a presence in the team. Although Jenn works in New York, she was able to attend the conference in California and be a part of the event and interact with her colleagues.

It was a great conference; key note speakers discussed ideas on how to recognize, retain, and promote diversity in the work field. Beam was one of the solutions to grow diversity, create innovation and advancement. We had a fun time hanging out with the attendees and speakers there, thanks for having us Working Mother Magazine!

Special shoutout to Jenn from Working Mother for Beaming into the event! :)

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Beaming in to see the Big 12 Games

What a wild ride!!

Last Friday, Sara got to experience the Big 12 games in Kansas City, Missouri. Hanging out with our friends Lisa and Lonnie, Sara got to cruise the Power and Light District and see the beautiful downtown via Beam connected by 4G LTE.

There was a whole lotta red and blue walking around Kansas City enjoying their football, spirits, and community. We posted up at Pizza Bar to enjoy some food and drinks. Sara rocked the dance floor with her spin moves and got quite the chuckle. As a dancer, Sara was stoked that the BeamPro was so easy to maneuver.

Sara was able to check out the whole bar and was amazed at how huge the space was, perfectly laid out with stadium seats and huge screens. People there got a kick out of the novelty with Beam. Go Midwestern hospitality! It was Sara’s first time in Kansas City but definitely not her last. She had a blast and let’s see where she beams to next.

Good people, great city, fun basketball. Go Beam!

Party it up @ SXSW

Last week, we were at SXSW, celebrating awesome music, film, and interactive technologies with more than 300,000 attendees. From Palo Alto to Austin, we brought 4 BeamPros there and our booth created quite a stir. Our booth was right next to the New York Times and Greg beamed in to take pictures with the crowd at their photo booth. We even made it to the front page (click here)!

We were part of the Block Party that was hosted on Tuesday. We attached bamboo baskets (great party trays) to the Beams and gave out Ghirardelli chocolates. We thought we should represent San Francisco while we were at SXSW.

On the fourth day, we brought 2 Beams out to Downtown Austin so our colleagues who couldn’t make it to SXSW can Beam in. Brianna and Summer toured around 6th street, stopped by a few bars, and even checked out the Downtown Fire Department.

ENJOY! :)

Meet Henry Evans

Henry Evans, a Stanford MBA and former Silicon Valley CFO, suffered a severe stroke-like attack leaving him mute and quadriplegic. He now pioneers the use of new technologies to help people with disabilities become more self sufficient. Recently, we had a chance to spend time with Henry at the Stanford Assistive Technologies Faire via Beam. 

“If you want something, you look for options.
If you don’t want it, you look for excuses.”
– Henry Evans