ABC7’s Larry Beil Uses Beam to Experience the Future of Armchair Quarterbacking

Beam makes it possible for people to be where they want and need to be – from business travelers to remote employees, distance learners, health professionals, overseas manufacturers and more – without leaving their office or home.

And now, thanks to Larry Beil, co-host of ABC7’s post-game show, “After the Game,” we can add “Super Fan” to the list of users for Beam.

Beil jumped into the fray at Stanford University’s Football Fan Fest during the Stanford/Oregon State game on November 5th as “Larrybot” using Beam, and was met with laughter, delight… and even a jesting accusation of being a “rude robot” for some playful interactions with Stanford fans.

While Beil’s experience made for a light sports news piece, the reality is that Beam makes it possible for sports fans who can’t get to a stadium to experience game day as a telepresence, including pre-game festivities and interacting with other fans.

Beil’s parting dream for “Larrybot” would be the ability to take Beam onto the field during a game to share some of his recommendations with Stanford Cardinals’ coach, David Shaw. With Stanford’s annual “Big Game” against the California Golden Bears in Berkeley, CA this coming weekend, the potential for the future of armchair quarterbacking may well be Beamed upon us.

 

The Art of Polite Presence: Office Etiquette for Beam Users

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The Institute for the Future (IFTF), an independent, 50-person non-profit research group dedicated to helping all types of organizations “make the futures they want” has been using Beam (Plus and Pro models) now for a little over a year. Beam allows remote staff, affiliates, clients and others to meet in person — and is a very real expression of how the futurist think tank practices what it researches and teaches.

One of the biggest questions when using Beam, according to cultural anthropologist Lyn Jeffery, Research Director in the Ten-Year Forecast Program, was, “How can I instantiate myself in order to have the desired effect for optimal collaboration, productivity, etc.?”

As it is with human beings, the answer had a lot to do with interpersonal interactions, particularly how to reinterpret manners and social mores for Smart Presence. IFTF staff, including Jeffery and her associate, researcher Rachel Hatch, among others, enjoyed getting creative with workarounds and solutions to ensure a thoughtful telepresence.

HOW TO BE THE ROBOT HOST(ESS) WITH THE MOST(ESS)

While it’s easy to roll over to greet guests, show them around the office or escort them to the bathroom when you’re using a Beam, actual hospitality is much trickier. For example, you can’t hand them a parking pass or set out coffee and snacks for them. IFTF researcher Rachel Hatch’s solution? She experimented with Instacart delivery and other services that can be ordered online or over the phone and delivered right to meetings.

FIND A BUDDY, BUT BE CLEAR: S/HE’S NOT A BABYSITTER OR BUTLER

In the hospitality example above, another solution would of course to have a human counterpart help out with greeting guests and making them comfortable. This, according to Hatch, can create an opportunities for “new kinds of partnerships,” where the buddy acts as hands for the Beam user. It has a big caveat, however – you don’t want to create for your buddy too much “office housework,” which is the thankless but necessary tasks required to keep things organized and running smoothly at work. This includes things like opening doors or moving heavy obstacles that Beam can’t itself move out of the way or maneuver around. Some help is fine, but be thoughtful and streamline when and where you can.

USE YOUR INSIDE VOICE

While remote users can easily control the volume on their computers when using the Beam, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s at a level that works well for those on the receiving end. For example, Jeffery found that when she tried to speak to a co-worker in a room near a loud air conditioning unit, her voice was too soft so she had to raise the volume. Later, when she rolled to another part of the office, she was then too loud. Back to the buddy system: it’s helpful to have someone let you know when you need to regulate your volume. Or at the very least, remember to ask the people you’re addressing when you enter a new room if you sound okay or if you need to make adjustments.

DON’T BE A NOSY NEIGHBOR

When you Beam, you’re generally pretty much silent, so always remember to say “hi” when you roll up to a co-worker. But that’s just the starting place – Hatch had a situation where she Beamed into a room where someone had left the apparatus (vs. bringing it to its base station) and she ended up “blinking to life” in the middle of a meeting between two colleagues — who may not have appreciated her unexpected pop in. It’s important to keep in mind that turning off the telepresence isn’t the same as leaving the space.

These examples are all great reminders, thanks to IFTF, that nobody likes a rude robot. Always remember your social graces are an important part having not just a smart, but also a sensitive presence.

Suitable Technologies, the Leader in Robotic Telepresence, Announces Exclusive Fireside Chat with Edward Snowden and Peter Diamandis

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Suitable Technologies (http://www.suitabletech.com), a developer of robotic telepresence devices for remote collaboration today announced an exclusive, interactive  fireside chat with Edward Snowden that will take place at the company’s booth at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), #35829 South Hall LVCC Floor 2 on Thursday, January 7 at11 a.m. PST.  The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Peter H. Diamandis using the Suitable Technologies’ BeamPro™. Diamandis is Founder and Executive Chairman of XPRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and operating large-scale incentive competitions.

Snowden will also be taking questions from the audience via Twitter. Simply tweet a question and tag both @SuitableTech and @PeterDiamandis before Midnight PST on January 6, 2016 for your question to be considered.

A limited number of BeamPros will be available to press for remote attendance. For more information, contact comm@suitabletech.com. For anyone who wishes to watch the interview, but is not at CES, a live Periscope feed will also be available from Suitable Technologies’ @SuitableTech Twitter account.

Beam is the next generation in mobile, personal communications. Suitable Technologies recently launched apps for iOS or Android devices that allow users to connect to and drive a Beam in another location – whether across town or across the globe.

In addition to Thursday’s event, Suitable Technologies will be demonstrating its latest products and services both at their booth (#35829 South Hall, Level 2) as well as the ShowStoppers media event, taking place from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. PST on January 6th at the The Wynn.

About Suitable Technologies™
Suitable Technologies grants shared experiences between friends, students, teams and guests by transporting a person’s presence to any place of interest. The Beam™ SPS (Smart Presence System), which includes products BeamPro and Beam+, is a telepresence solution that combines mobility and video conferencing for an immersive communication experience anywhere conversations take place. Beam enables people to be there, and to interact naturally by seeing and being seen, hearing and being heard, and the freedom to move about, from anywhere in the world. Founded in 2011 by serial entrepreneur, Scott Hassan, 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, and elevate your communication at https://www.suitabletech.com.

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 a race car that would participate in an international challenge between universities. 

As stated by the Director of Digital Strategy, Jean -Pierre Berthet, “The most important aspect is for us is the human side . [This device] allow[s] an absent student to continue his schooling, to 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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