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Robots let staff ‘beam’ into the office

AP, LO ALTO, California

“I was struggling with really being part of the team,” Goecker said. “They were doing all sorts of wonderful things with robotics. It was hard for me to participate.”

So Goecker and his colleagues created their own telepresence robot. The result: the Beam and a new company to develop and market it, but at US$16,000 each, the Beam does not come cheap.

Suitable Technologies has embraced the Beam as a workplace tool. Up to half of its 25 employees “beam” into work, with those on Beams sitting next to their flesh-and-blood colleagues and even joining them for lunch in the cafeteria.

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