Category Archives: Remote Presence News

Orange opens the first (okay, second) major sales channel with Ub-y

Last Thursday, Orange France announced a new product offering, the Ub-y (evoking the word ubiquity), is essentially a rebranded Beam+ from Suitable Technologies.

While the announcement of the Beam+ is over nine months old (from the 2014 CES Show), an agreement with a major telecoms operator like Orange in a major market is quite a change in perception of the viability of the concept of remote presence. Continue reading

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double gets more presence with esurance and the Bryan Brothers

Coming off of some great press, Team Double scored a terrific video with esurance and the Bryan Brothers. Continue reading

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China’s answer to the double: the PadBot

Recently, another player popped up in the telepresence robotics world. And that offering is the PadBot. Now, in looking at the product, it has incredible similarities to various other players like vGo and double – a low-cost base and tablet headpiece. But to create differentiation, PadBot is offering a couple of features that have been seen in other devices. Continue reading

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Slate reviews the Beam and Telepresence robotics

Into the inbox came the most nuanced article about telepresence robots we have seen in a while. To us, the writer seemed to be listening to our conversations with customers and users of the Beam as well as people who have had incredibly strong both good and bad) reactions to the concept of the telepresence robot. Continue reading

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BBC Focus Magazine evaluates the Beam, double and Kubi

BBC Focus Magazine evaluates four telepresence options – the Beam Pro, the double, the Kubi and the Romo – and comes up with the “best substitute”. Continue reading

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Adding Google Ads to the Site

Recently, our editors have been discussing how we are able to cover the costs of maintaining our site. In order to not impact our readership, we have chosen to go with Google Adsense to help our readers.
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iRobot announces availability of Ava 500 to “regular” customers

iRobot is reacting to market forces and announcing the “availability” of the Ava 500 in time for the Enterprise Connect Conference in Orlando. Continue reading

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PilotPresence at MIPIM 25

PilotPresence visited Cannes, France to demonstrate their two Beams and a double at the London Stand with Canary Wharf at MIPIM 25. Due to the generosity of the team at Level39, we were able to show both the concept of piloting from locations in England and the US while allowing the MIPIM visitors to experience “remote presence” in the pantry of Level39. Continue reading

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Double and EE makes it to the BAFTAs with Fanbots [video]

EE (the 4G carrier in England) created a chance for two of their subscribers to use two doubles dressed up as reporters on the red carpet, engaging celebrities on their way to the BAFTAs as “fanbots”. Continue reading

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Suitable announces a little Beam (or actually the Beam+)

The Beam+ seems to be Suitable’s answer to vGo’s offering and Double’s play using the base technology of the original Beam and to offer a more family-friendly play (as seen in their promo photos).

The Beam+ stands about 5 feet tall and supports many of the same features of the original Beam (including the same motors, microphone array and control software), technical improvements (including HDR-based camera and a higher-resolution screen) and cost reductions (including one wifi radio instead of two, a smaller physical screen size). Upon launch, Suitable plans on having the specs for the Beam+ at this URL: https://www.suitabletech.com/beam-plus/ Continue reading

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