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Thursday, September 27, 2012

$ 16k for Beam Telepresence System

Palo Alto based startup company Suitable Technologies, a spin-off of the Willow Garage research lab, has developed Beam Remote Presence System (RPS) aimed to connect people separated by distance in the most natural way possible. The Beam RPS consists of three components: the Beam Remote Presence Device (RPD), the Beam Client and the Beam Dock.

The battery powers the Beam for up to eight hours of active use and has the ability to drive at human walking speed – with a top speed of 1.5 meters per second. Beam stands 62" tall, weighs 95 pounds, and has a 17" screen, enabling the pilot's face to be seen at human size. Seamless connectivity is provided by 4 Wi-Fi radios (2.4/5 GHz) and proprietary algorithms to smoothly handle transitions between access points. Beam has two HD cameras to provide a wide field of view, both vertically and horizontally; a six-microphone array for spatialized audio, background noise reduction, and echo cancellation; a sophisticated speaker system in order to be heard in noisy environments; and LED lamps to enable operation in low light.
The Beam Client connects to the Beam RPD and provides integrated controls for driving, video, and audio. The client is available for download as an installer on both Windows and Mac OS X.
The third component is the Beam Dock, which charges the RPD's battery. The driver maneuvers the RPD directly into the dock without any local intervention to connect to the power source.

Pricing for the Beam RPS begins at $16,000 for the Beam RPD and $950 for the Beam Dock. The Beam Remote Presence System is available immediately for pre-order and will begin shipping in November 2012.
Check out the demovideo below.

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