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Who Needs Work-Life Balance When You Can Have a Robot?

January 29, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Brianna Ehley / The Fiscal Times

You don't need superpowers to be in two places at once. In today's world, you can go almost anywhere you want by sending a robot in your place. Your robotic self can serve as a proxy at long business meetings, hold your spot in line at the DMV, or attend a high school reunion on your behalf.�

Santa Clara, California-based "Anybots" is one of a handful of robotics companies that has developed a telepresence robot that allows you to "be present" and maneuver around in one location while you are physcially hundreds of miles away.

Think of it as Skype on wheels. Anybot's "QB Avatar" displays your face on a webcam mounted to an adjustable poll that's attached to a Segway-like platform. It stands about five feet nine inches tall--or eye level --vaguely giving it some human-like qualities. The computer screen transmits a live feed of your face, while you receive a live video and audio stream of your robot's surroundings.

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