Beam is a telepresence robotic system that can "teleport" you to a remote location, allowing you to move around and interact with people. It is easy to drive and has a large display to improve face-to-face, or screen-to-face, communication.
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The latest Beam model, BeamPro 2, has a giant 24-inch touchscreen display and a neck that is height adjustable.
The precursor to Beam was a robot called Texas, which was built by an engineer named Dallas, who lived in Indiana.
Remote visitors can use Beams to explore the San Diego Air & Space Museum, de Young Museum (in San Francisco), and Shedd Aquarium (in Chicago).
For their 2015 CES booth, Suitable built MEGA Beam, an 18-foot (5.5-meter) tall, working version of the robot.
The founder of Suitable Technologies is Scott Hassan, which means you can say, "Beam me up, Scotty!" when using your Beam.
Suitable Technologies was spun out of legendary Silicon Valley robotics lab Willow Garage.
- Beam Enhanced model: 10-inch LCD screen, HD camera plus dedicated navigation camera, four-microphone array. Two-way streaming audio and video. Able to safely navigate both spacious and confined environments. Assisted-docking feature. ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) certified for ramps and thresholds. Controlled with phone or desktop application.
- 134.4 cm | 52.9 in
- 41.7 cm | 16.4 in
- 31.3 cm | 12.3 in
- 27.2 kg | 60 lb
- 2 km/h | 3.2 mph (max)
- Wide-angle view and navigation cameras. Four-microphone array.
- 12-V 20-Ah sealed lead-acid battery, 8 hours of operation
- PC hardware platform, Intel Celeron 1.8 GHz dual-core CPU, 4 GB DDR3 RAM, two Wi-Fi radios, one speaker
- Ubuntu Linux OS. Client and app available for Windows 7/8/10 and Mac OS X, as well as Android and iOS.
- DEGREES OF FREEDOM (DOF)
- Reinforced polymer
- $2,140 (Beam Standard), $4,990 (Beam Enhanced)
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