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The BeamPro 2 telepresence robot has wide-angle HD cameras and a 24-inch touchscreen

January 14, 2018 | Telepresence Options


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Suitable Technologies, maker of the Beam range of telepresence robots, has unveiled the BeamPro 2, its latest high-end device. Like all telepresence bots, the BeamPro 2's main function is Skype on wheels: it lets employees call into their workplace remotely and trundle around it with the help of an app. It's fun, if not always practical.

The Pro2 adds a number of improvements and refinements to the original BeamPro, including a 24-inch LCD touch display and two "super-wide" 12-megapixel HD cameras with 12x digital zoom. It also comes with 3D depth sensors (optional on the original BeamPro), ambient light sensors (to automatically adjust screen brightness), and a trio of speakers that Suitable Technologies claims can reproduce "lifelike sound." The central display can be raised and lowered, with a 10-inch reach.

There's also one particularly handy optional extra on the Pro 2: obstacle detection sensors. These, combined with the six-wheeled robot's ability to rotate in place, allow the Pro 2 to be maneuvered with a little more dexterity. The company says this makes it much better for telepresence in crowded spaces like "hospitals, specialty-care facilities, manufacturing floors, museums, and classrooms." You still have to find someone to open doors for you, though.

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