Category Archives: RPS Companies

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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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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Suitable’s Beam helps an engineering student via Awabot

Suitable Beam assisting an engineering student at the EMLyon Business Schools Learning Lab. Continue reading

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EVALUATION: double from double Robotics

We here at Pilot Presence have taken the advice of some of our readers and evaluated the double from double robotics. See the pros, the cons and our suggestions for improvements. Continue reading

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UPDATE: Edward Snowden appears at TED2014 via a Beam!

Because TED2014 was happening there – and, instead of bringing Snowden on American soil, the Beam offered Snowden a way of connecting via remote presence. And Chris Anderson demonstrated the excellent way of communicating as a remote person incredibly well. Continue reading

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Remote Presence Links for March 18, 2014

Remote Presence Links for March 18, 2014 – Hassan to keynote Xconomy Robo Madness – Twitter Engineering uses Double to humanize remote conversations – Beaming in from Vancouver Continue reading

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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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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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Finally! Pilot Presence meets double — in the flesh!

we got a chance to chat with David from Double where we discussed the origin story of double robotics. Instead of repeating the story, we learned that Tech Toys 360 on the Discovery Velocity Channel has a terrific video that presents the origin story along with additional details and visuals on the “innovative device” at http://www.velocity.com/tv-shows/tech-toys-360/videos/ipad-robot.htm Continue reading

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