Telepresence robot is like Rosie for the business

Recently, I had an opportunity to visit Willow Garage, a startup robotics research firm in Menlo Park, California.  I saw a bunch of PR2s and most interestingly the Texai telepresence robot.  You can think of the robot as a mobile teleconference (networked to net with speakers) with a face (monitor).  Basically, a remote employee can assume the identify of a Texai to wander the halls of the office or attend a meeting.  It takes telecommuting to a whole new level.  Read more about Texai here.

Willow Garage’s vision (from website):

We see personal robots as the next paradigm-shifting personal productivity tool.  By investing in open source and open platform adoption models, we aim to lay the groundwork for the use of personal robotics applications in everyday life.

A separate topic, I came across a neat travel idea, Geeks on a Plane.  Check it out!

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