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IoT World Beams-In with the BBC

Silicon Valley – Internet of Things World 2017 is the largest IOT event worldwide. The EP solution with Beams was showcased and utilized by attendees and press from around the world.

IOT Beam

The Smart Conference program provides Beams and ambassadors on the Beams to answer questions and direct attendees to meeting rooms throughout the event.

Beams at IOT 1000

 


I Was at AWE on a Beam, and It Was Awesome

On Wednesday I attended the Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara, California. I saw some really great new tech, and met some interesting people in my field. I chatted with attendees from Hawaii, Florida, and Toronto. But I hadn’t gotten on a plane, or crossed the border. I hadn’t even left my Vancouver office.
I was beaming.

Technology for virtual attendance at live events is being pioneered all around the world. The company I ‘beamed’ with is called Event Presence, and they were hosting the telepresence aspect of AWE. The technology pairs a large screen with what is basically a remote control car, so the user can see what’s happening around them, turn their “face” to see whoever is talking, and physically move around the venue. Basically, it’s this minus the t-shirt.
I was late to the event, so when I beamed into my first robot there was no one there to greet me (of course, as this was my first time telecommuting in a robot body, I didn’t realize someone was supposed to greet me). Somehow I had gotten into a robot on the second floor instead of the main floor, where the action was. After sorting out the basic controls I wandered, cheerfully saying hello to the steady trickle of people heading for the main floor, delighting in the looks of surprise and (pun intended) awe on their faces.

I haven’t seen one of the robots in person, but it consists of a large base with rotatable wheels (so you can turn in a circle), a tall “neck” to bring the face to the right height, and a large screen to display the user’s face.

I ran into a friendly photographer from Canada (hey Toronto friend!) who offered to help me find the elevator. He led me all the way there, snapping pictures on the way (I was slow like a grandmother, but he said he had endless patience). He helped me into the elevator and I descended, only to lose the connection to my robot. It felt like getting an arm cut off — sudden and unexpected. I remembered I was sitting in a basement office in Canada (and using WiFi, which is not recommended for what I think are obvious reasons. The only thing stopping us all from being virtual all the time is bandwidth). By the time I managed to reconnect, my saviour was gone, so I struck out on my own into the Exhibition Hall. I was a bit shy, so most of my conversations involved the following: Hi, I’m from Vancouver! Isn’t this neat? See you later.
Suddenly, I was dumped from my robot, with a scary “Unauthorized Access!” on my screen. Yikes! I opened a new connection to find myself in a new robot, and greeted by none-other than the CEO of Beam, Steve Ernst. “I left your robot in the exhibition hall,” I guilty admitted. He only laughed.

He talked me through a demo, and armed with a 1-DGjgo3ZSicsHoWLAb3_gOAlot more confidence, he led me back into the Exhibition Hall and showed me the ropes. I now knew how to zoom in to read text, and I could even take screenshots (the function isn’t supported by Event Presence’s software for privacy reasons, but since your operating system lets you take screenshots of anything, that’s sort of a meaningless gesture). He recommended I go in straight lines up and down the “halls” of the room so I wouldn’t get lost, which I followed for one hall and then promptly got turned around and lost.

The first booth I stopped at belonged to Caugnate. Oliver Townsend cheerfully walked me through their demo, showing me how their AR software allows collaboration between a technician on the ground and a remote expert. Given that I was, myself, something of a remote expert, it was a fun conversation.

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Oliver Townsend of Caugnate demonstrates their tablet.
The last demo I tried was with Matthew Malon of Optech4D, one of the only companies developing for AR and VR simultaneously. We had a great conversation about the benefits of learning in VR (I mentioned an article I wrote about VR training). The only sad moment was when he described a demo they had for oil workers who could do a training exercise, and then play a game to help apply that training to a real situation. If I had been there in person I could have tried it, but robots don’t have heads… I couldn’t wear the glasses.

I trundled on, enjoying the sights and sounds. At one point I even had a conversation with another robot — a fellow Beamer. Ernst had told me earlier that while I had been given a press pass to try this technology for free, some of the robots were actually paying conference attendees! My boss asked why anyone would bother attending in person if they could do it remotely, and the only thing I could think of was the sense of presence. Admittedly, being able to do the demos would be nice, and is a big part of the conference experience for a lot of people.
But then I noticed that it was almost 11, and I had a meeting. I drove my robot back to its docking station, went to my meeting, and came back to the robot — all from the comfort of my computer chair. Not doing demos seemed like a small price to pay, considering I saved on a flight and hotel, didn’t miss any important meetings back home, and was curled up in my own bed that night, sipping homemade hot chocolate and listening to the rain.
All in all? Being a robot is an awesome way to go to a conference.
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by Wren Handman

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AWE – Augmented Reality World 2016 – The World Beams In

Silicon Valley June 2016 – Augmented World Expo and Event Presence invited press and attendees from around the world to visit the largest AR, VR and wearable technology expo via Beams!

AWE Home 1000

Above – Press from various countries were present and reported on the event during the two day expo.

Beams were everywhere during the event. Some attendees paid to visit the exhibit floor others the high level conferences throughout the event.

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Samantha from Philly making it happen!Sam AWE

https://twitter.com/eventpresence

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Augmented Word Expo – Press Conference

@eventpresence #AWE2015 Press Conference with 11 people from the Press attending the event on a #Beam June 8-10, 2015 saw nearly 3000 attendees, 208 speakers and 102 exhibitors

Check out these testimonials…

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Meet the Beam Team at CES 2015!

Suitable Technologies at CES 2015!
(Booth #30869, LVCC South Hall 2nd Floor)

Suitable Technologies develops BeamPro and Beam+: Smart Presence technology products that combine mobility and video conferencing to enable users to move about, speak, see and interact with friends and family – regardless of their location. Our mission is to give people of the world broader access to each other through face-to-face interaction.

to Kickoff CES!
Will.I.Am beamed in for 3DSystems‘ press event.


How to attend a robotics show robotically

RoboBusiness conference in Santa Clara, Calif. on Oct. 23-25 2013.

http://hackerboards.com/telepresence-bots-offer-remote-tours-of-robotics-show/

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RoboBusiness is offering $50 rentals of the “Beam” mobile telepresence robot, so 50 robotics enthusiasts can remotely attend the RoboBusiness conference in Santa Clara, Calif. on Oct. 23-25. The Ubuntu- and ROS-based Beam will be available to the first 50 applicants, letting them explore the show at up to 1.5 meters/sec and interact with others via video conferencing.

The Beam is a good choice for remotely exploring conferences, saving users the cost and time of traveling to an event, says Suitable Tech. For example, RoboBusiness registration is $1,595, plus hotel and travel. The Beam might also help strike up conversations one might not otherwise engage in, although it’s likely to attract less attention at a robotics conference than at a typical tech event.

The bots will be allowed everywhere on the show floor as well as in conference rooms, and the show will be open late to accommodate remote users from distant time zones. Rentals for the duration of the show go for $50 for the whole conference for users who sign up by Oct. 21. Assuming some of the 50 bots are still available at that time, they will be available for $100 rentals starting Oct. 22. The RoboBusiness show itself starts the next day, and runs Oct.23-25. Some free press rentals are also said to be available.

Keynote speakers at the show include Dan Kara, Chief Research Officer at Myria RAS and Henrik Christensen, KUKA Chair of Robotics at Georgia Tech, speaking on robotics trends in general. Brendon Basso, a senior engineer at 3D Robotics, will discuss agricultural bots, and another keynote covers medical bots.

There are two keynotes on autonomous vehicles, one from Carnegie Mellon research professor Sanjiv Singh on autonomous aircraft, and another by Christ Urmson, Director of Google’s Self-Driving Cars project. Additional keynotes will be given by representatives of iRobot, CSIRO, Littler Mendelson, Nest Labs, and Aethon. Presentation tracks range from business issues, new markets and applications, robot design and development, and enabling technologies.


Yep! Even you can become a Beam Pilot.