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

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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.

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3KjZOS_bhA)

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

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

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZp2y4mxU78)

Solutions for an Endangered Humanity By Rob Stewart

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

(http://www.ideacityonline.com/video/solutions-endangered-humanity-beam-robotic-presence-rob-stewart/)

Bringing Back the Passenger Pigeon By Ben Novak

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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.

(http://www.ideacityonline.com/video/bringing-back-passenger-pigeon-beam-robotic-presence-ben-novak/)

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.

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InfoComm 2014 Show Wrap-Up

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Thanks, and see you in Orlando!

- The Beam Team

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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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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

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

PALO ALTO, CALIF — June 18, 2014 – Suitable Technologies (http://www.suitabletech.com), 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 http://www.suitabletech.com.

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 http://www.suitabletech.com.

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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!

 

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!