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Jazz Connect: the office robot that lets you be in two places at once

February 6, 2012 | Hogan Keyser
gostai_jazz_connect_robot.jpgFebruary 6, 2012 by Matt Hussey via Wired.com -- Can't make it to that big, important board meeting? Log on to your browser and let Jazz Connect (above) attend in your place. This one-metre tall, 10kg robot is designed to be in places you can't get to. Developed by Gostai, a Paris-based robotics company specialising in telepresence, Jazz Connect is fitted with a camera, speakers, microphones and Wi-Fi, and can help you be there, even when you can't, well, be there.

"Jazz's main purpose is for companies to reduce travel expenses," explains Gostai's vice-president Julien Seret. "Our customers have multiple sites and require teams from across the company to work on them." Users control movement remotely, and have real-time video chat -- if their computer has a webcam, their face appears on the Jazz's LCD screen, so distant colleagues know whom they're addressing. To move Jazz Connect around its remote environment, users click the image in their browser, sent from its onboard camera, and it will follow the command.

This article was taken from the March 2012 issue of Wired magazine. Be the first to read Wired's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing online.

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