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New Swivl Update Lets Remote Students Control Robotic Telepresence

April 15, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Michael Hart / Campus Technology

A new element to a videoconferencing program will allow students in remote locations to participate in classroom activities, thanks to their ability to independently operate new remote control robotic functions.

Swivl has launched Swivl Cloud Live, which is designed to allow teachers to connect with chronically homebound students, planned absentees, distance learners and guest speakers or instructors. It is the second announcement of an enhancement by Swivl in the last week and the third in the last six months.

Last October, Swivl Robot moved from beta mode to full distribution. Compatible with both iOS and Android devices, it could tilt and rotate to follow a teacher as he or she moved around the classroom as well as record wireless video and audio before automatically uploading the recordings to its network.

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