This idea: Chat with colleagues and move around an office or warehouse without leaving your home.
Known as a telepresence robot, the VGo robot is a mobile device equipped with microphones, a video screen, and camera.
Through Wi-Fi and broadband networks, users can control the VGo robot with a PC or laptop even if human and robot are in different states.
The robot costs $6,000 and includes a $100 monthly service fee.
Whose idea: VGo Communications.
Why it’s brilliant: Using a telepresence robot can help companies be more productive and reduce travel expenses.
The VGo robot and similar robots lets employees communicate with clients and other staff in a way that is more personal than with traditional video conferencing devices.
Although there is still no replacement for actual face-to-face communication, these robots take telecommuting to a whole new level. It might also mean “Rise of the Machines” is just around the corner.
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