Telepresence Robotics is a field which has been created largely with the
intention of enabling people to connect more efficiently with others who are at
a distant location. Telepresence Robots function via an internet connection, which
makes connections with others generally simple and extremely convenient. The Double by Double Robotics is a great example. Click here to check it out!
I've seen some reviews stating how weird it looks but I think new technology always looks weird. I remember when skype first came out and people were hesitant at first because, after all, why not just make a phone call.
I really want one but the only reason I haven't yet got it is that I've heard there is a 3 month waiting period. I think it looks really sleek and sexy. However, this would make it difficult to call in sick from work.
Just from the fact that Scott Hassan from Willow Garage is the CEO I would say Beam is heading in the right direction. Suitable Technologies is even providing Beams (for an extremely small fee compared to traditional costs) at conferences to attend.