Suitable Technologies Launches Cultural Arts Partnership Program

After a year of successful pilot programs utilizing the Beam® Smart Presence System (SPS) at several US museums and cultural sites, including the de Young Museum and Detroit Institute of Arts, Suitable Technologies is pleased to announce the launch of the Museum Partnership Program. Participating museums and cultural sites will receive a BeamPro™ SPS to grant visitor access to people who are physically unable to travel. From anywhere in the world, a user may “beam” into participating museums to view galleries and experience museums firsthand from the comfort of his or her home computer.

Museums who participate in the partnership program will receive BeamPro SPS with assisted driving, charging dock, unlimited software licenses, and an annual service package that includes ongoing maintenance and program support for remote visitors who are physically unable to visit the site. A Beam user, the person who utilizes the BeamPro SPS to visit the museum remotely, downloads the Beam application onto his or her webcam-enabled personal computer at no additional cost.

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“With the Beam, I gain freedom and physical motion that provides me real-time interactivity in the world” shared Beam user Kavita Krishnaswamy. “Although I am unable to visit many museums in-person due to my severe physical disability, the opportunity to attend and interact remotely is an incredible experience.”

As highlighted in the July/August 2015 issue of Museum Magazine, the BeamPro SPS is one of the exciting new technologies being implemented by museums and cultural sites to provide better access to visitors with physical disabilities. 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, in any ADA compliant environment, through use of a valid WiFi connection.

To find out more about this new outreach program and schedule a BeamPro test drive, please contact:

Christa Cliver
Director of Education & Museum
+1.206.369.7786
ccliver@suitabletech.com

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 everywhere 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, Suitable Technologies products are designed and manufactured at its headquarters in Palo Alto, CA. Follow @suitabletech, like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, or elevate your communication at https://www.suitabletech.com.

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President Obama greets Alice Wong via Beam during the ADA’s 25th Anniversary

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President Barack Obama greets Alice Wong, Disability Visibility Project Founder and Project Coordinator via BeamPro during the Americans with Disabilities Act 25th Anniversary reception in the Blue Room of the White House, July 20, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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From Storify: #ADA25 at the @WhiteHouse
“On July 20, 2015, President Obama spoke in the East Room of the White House about the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Many members of the disability community attended the event including Alice Wong, Founder and Project Coordinator of the Disability Visibility Project. Alice attended the event remotely using BeamPro, a telepresence robot that allows a person to stream live with a webcam and move around simply by clicking the arrows on a laptop’s keyboard. Apparently, Alice was the first person to use this type of device in the White House.” – Alice Wong

VIDEO: President Obama Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the ADA

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.

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

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Some folks perceived the Beam as a good omen.

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

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Wrong holiday?

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The tech folks were working into the night.

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

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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”

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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.

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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 (http://www.famsf.org/) 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 (http://www.dia.org/), 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 (http://www.computerhistory.org/), 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 (http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/) 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 (http://orgs.usd.edu/nmm/) 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.
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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:

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Mercury Global Partners for Suitable Technologies
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Christa Cliver
Director of Museum Business Development
ccliver@suitabletech.com
+1-206-369-7786

Inside RoboBusiness 2013

Last week, we participated in RoboBusiness and nearly 100 pilots from around the world “Beamed” into the conference.

A total of 127 hours of calls were made, equivalent to 5 days of continuous conversation. This is not only an exciting opportunity for us to showcase our technology, but also a way for many international attendees to interact in the show remotely. The ability for participants to be connected to different exhibitors via Beam was truly amazing. Thank you RoboBusiness for giving us this awesome experience and we look forward to doing this again; see you at the next conference via Beam!

 

How We Do Remote Presence

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At Suitable Technologies, most of our employees sit in our Palo Alto headquarters or our satellite office in San Francisco.  We also have employees working remotely in other states and even other countries.  If you go into our Palo Alto office, you’ll see rows of developers working at their desks and and a bunch of Beams interspersed among them.

Remote presence isn’t just about talking to someone for a specific meeting.  We use Beams for a full day’s work.   It’s about being there and aware of all the subtleties of being present.  When I work remotely, I Beam into the office for the regular hours to be available and accessible.  That way, my coworkers can still pop their heads over and ask me an impromptu question the way they normally would if I were there.

Remote presence gives you mobility and independence.  Think about everything you can see, hear, observe, and do, simply by being there.

Remote presence uniquely enables:

  1. Knowledge transfer.  The most productive communication or collaboration often occurs outside of scheduled calls and conference room meetings.  It happens in the impromptu meetings when you’re all gathered around someone’s computer discussing tweaks to the latest UI, or when you’re walking to the kitchen to get coffee and you bump into your product manager.
  2. Culture transfer.  I actually enjoy hearing the office chatter in the background, feeling the energy of those working around me, and participating in the random office jokes and hijinks that come up.  This is especially important for team members that work in other states and countries.  It helps us to build a more cohesive culture despite the distance.
  3. The ROI of being there.  Companies wouldn’t make their employees go on business trips if there were no ROI or case for being there.  However, it’s not always feasible because of the time and cost involved.  Beam is the next best thing to being there in person.  On both ends, it really feels as if you’re there.  Communication and interaction is natural, comfortable, and effective.

The business environment is global.  You can’t always be there in person, but you can still have instant, personal communication and interaction.  Beam makes it possible and Beam makes it more frequent.  This is how we work at Suitable.