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Art, Music and a Robot: Inspirational Quad Cities Program Brings Cancer Patients to the Figge Art Museum on a Beam named “Genie”

Art, Music and a Robot: Inspirational Quad Cities Program Brings Cancer Patients to the Figge Art Museum on a Beam named “Genie”

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New York Times Upfront Features How Beam Helps French High Schooler Attend Class

New York Times Upfront Features How Beam Helps French High Schooler Attend Class

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PLANNING YOUR ANNUAL CONFERENCE CALENDAR? PUT BEAM ON THE BOOKS

Planning Your Annual Conference Calendar? Put Beam on the Books

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3 UNEXPECTED WAYS TELEPRESENCE CAN IMPROVE THE WORKPLACE

3 Unexpected Ways Telepresence can Improve the Workplace

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This Thanksgiving, We’re Thankful To Bring Families Together

This Thanksgiving, We’re Thankful To Bring Families Together

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How This K-12 School Aced Its Collaboration Challenges With Beam

How This K-12 School Aced Its Collaboration Challenges With Beam

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Beam Brings High School Student to Class While She Fights Cancer

Beam Brings High School Student to Class While She Fights Cancer

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Home is Where the Smart Is: Technology That’s Innovating How We Live

Home is Where the Smart Is: Technology That’s Innovating How We Live

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9 Halloween Costume Ideas to Make Your Beam Boo-tiful

9 Halloween Costume Ideas to Make Your Beam Boo-tiful

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How Beam Helps an RV Manufacturer Drive More Sales

How Beam Helps an RV Manufacturer Drive More Sales

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Beam Changes How OAC Collaborates

BEAM CHANGES HOW OAC COLLABORATES

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Our Corporate Culture of Connection & Collaboration: A Day in the Life of Beam

Our Corporate Culture of Connection & Collaboration: A Day in the Life of Beam

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7 EASY WAYS TO MAKE YOUR BEAM AT HOME

7 Easy Ways to Make Your Beam at Home

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Keeping Families Together - With Beam, You Can Come Home to Mom Again

Keeping Families Together - With Beam, You Can Come Home to Mom Again

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Going Out With a Bang: We Salute “Shelbot” & 12 Years of The Big Bang Theory

Going Out With a Bang: We Salute “Shelbot” & 12 Years of The Big Bang Theory

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Beam Goes Back to School: 4 Academic Ways Telepresence Technology is Changing the Education Experience

Beam Goes Back to School: 4 Academic Ways Telepresence Technology is Changing the Education Experience

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Celebrating Labor Day & How Technology Shapes The Rising Remote Workforce

Celebrating Labor Day & How Technology Shapes The Rising Remote Workforce

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Can Online Learning Compete With Traditional Education?

Can Online Learning Compete With Traditional Education?

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Beam Celebrates Senior Citizens Day

Beam Celebrates Senior Citizens Day

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SunBeam: Highlights from Our Summer Vacation

SunBeam: Highlights from Our Summer Vacation

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“Undesigning Disability:” Creative Insights on Cultural Accessibility & Inclusion

“Undesigning Disability:” Creative Insights on Cultural Accessibility & Inclusion

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5 Ways to Care for Your Telepresence Robot

5 Ways to Care for Your Telepresence Robot

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5 WAYS BEAM ADDS THE WOW FACTOR TO YOUR CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

5 Ways Beam Adds the Wow Factor to Your Customer Experience

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UPDATE: Alice Wong Continues in Her Crusade for Disabled Americans

UPDATE: Alice Wong Continues in Her Crusade for Disabled Americans

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World Cup Update: Beam Plays for a Worldwide Team

World Cup Update: Beam Plays for a Worldwide Team

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5 Indispensable Office Tools to Help You Ace Your Productivity

5 Indispensable Office Tools to Help You Ace Your Productivity

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4 Times Beam Helped Kids Make Life-Changing Connections

4 Times Beam Helped Kids Make Life-Changing Connections

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How VMWare Connects Colleagues and Community Members Across the Globe

How VMWare Connects Colleagues and Community Members Across the Globe

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How Technology Makes Life More Accessible for Those With Disabilities

How Technology Makes Life More Accessible for Those With Disabilities

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We Won Two Telly Awards for Our BeamPro 2 video!

We Won Two Telly Awards for Our BeamPro 2 video!

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At OAC Services, Beam is Part of the Team

At OAC Services, Beam is Part of the Team

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CLASSROOM CONNECTIONS: THE LATEST IN EDTECH

Classroom Connections: The Latest in EdTech

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Aging in Place Was Top of Mind at ATA18

Aging in Place Was Top of Mind at ATA18

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Setting the Tone for Innovation: How STEM Leader Carnegie Learning Uses Beams

Setting the Tone for Innovation: How STEM Leader Carnegie Learning Uses Beams

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HOW ONE PHYSICIAN RUNS 4 OFFICES WITH TELEMEDICINE TECH

How One Physician Runs 4 Offices with Telemedicine Tech

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4 Secrets to Being an Effective Remote Leader

4 Secrets to Being an Effective Remote Leader

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The Future of Work Cares Less About Your Age Than Ever Before

The Future of Work Cares Less About Your Age Than Ever Before

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THE WORKPLACE OF THE FUTURE IS ALREADY HERE

The Workplace of the Future is Already Here

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5 Unexpected Ways to Use Beams

5 Unexpected Ways to Use Beams

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A HEALTHY TURNOUT AT HIMSS 2018: OUR FAVORITE MOMENTS

A Healthy Turnout at HIMSS 2018: Our Favorite Moments

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YOUR BRAIN, YOUR CAREER, AND YOUR WORLD - OUR TOP SESSIONS AT SXSW

Your Brain, Your Career, and Your World - Our Top Sessions at SXSW

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The Latest IoT and AI Impacting Health Tech, Wearables

The Latest IoT and AI Impacting Health Tech, Wearables

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Four Unforgettable TED Talks Delivered on Beam  

Four Unforgettable TED Talks Delivered on Beam

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The Latest in Home and Workplace Health Tech

The Latest in Home and Workplace Health Tech

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Long Distance Love Gets a Boost From Beam

Long Distance Love Gets a Boost From Beam

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The Benefits of Being a “Cyborg”

The Benefits of Being a “Cyborg”

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CES 2018 in Pictures: A Successful Debut of the BeamPro 2!

CES 2018 in Pictures: A Successful Debut of the BeamPro 2!

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Now Making Its Debut at CES: The BeamPro 2

Now Making Its Debut at CES: The BeamPro 2

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All Aboard - Getting the Most of The Remote Work Trend

All Aboard - Getting the Most of The Remote Work Trend

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TOP TIPS FOR TACTFUL TELEPRESENCE USE IN TODAY’S WORKPLACE

Top Tips for Tactful Telepresence Use in Today’s Workplace

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Beaming from Bordeaux: How “Mummybot” Can Be Home Each Evening

When UK-based computing researcher James Scott’s wife, Claire Martin, was offered a year-long opportunity to work in Bordeaux, France the only hesitation was leaving her family, which includes two young children, five days a week. James recalled using Beam for a six-month period to attend weekly meetings at Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington headquarters from his home in Cambridge, and immediately thought of Beam to help keep his family intimately connected throughout her absence. Now several months into the arrangement, Beaming from Bordeaux allows “Mummybot” to participate in family life in numerous important ways.

BEAM: Tell us a bit about yourself, and why and how you came to use Beam.

JAMES SCOTT (JS): I live in Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and I am a researcher looking at “ubiquitous computing” – including some work on remote presence. I have used Beam at Microsoft, so I was quite familiar with the device.

When my wife, who’s a cardiologist, got a great opportunity to go work in Bordeaux for a year, I wanted to make sure for the kids, who are five and seven, that she could be around as much as possible. That’s when it occurred to me to get a Beam. I mean, if you work near where you live, then the expectation is you’ll be home for dinner. If you don’t, then you won’t… but Beam changes that. Now there’s no reason Claire can’t be “home” for dinner. But I use Beam, too, when I have to be away for work.

BEAM: What is the benefit using Beam over say, video chat like Skype?

JS: Beam is so different than video chat. Claire can just turn up. She can stand up at the dinner table, and she can go to the piano and help the kids with their lessons. She even helps with homework. Our little one, Amy, puts her reading book on the kitchen counter, and the downward facing camera allows Claire to do the reading with her.

And it’s not just about homework. It’s about asking, “How was your day?” and keeping aware of what’s happening. Kids want to interact with their mum.

CLAIRE MARTIN (CM): The image I see through Beam is good enough to read Amy’s books, and the sound quality is just about good enough to do piano practice, which is a pretty high bar!  

BEAM: How did your kids and other family members react to your wife Beaming in?

JS: It was new for a day, and then it became second nature very quickly, particularly for the kids.

It’s interesting to talk to people about it – some see relying on it as very dystopian. But isn’t the alternative worse? When I’m working late, and I have a half hour I can “go home,” it’s a good solution. Of course it’s always better to be in person, but using Beam to be there is better than Skype, and both are better than nothing at all.

BEAM: Does the Beam have a nickname at this point? What do you and your children call it?

JS: It’s “Mummybot.” And when I’m on it, it’s “Robodaddy.” I can imagine many people nickname their Beams.

BEAM: How has Beam changed your home life and your daily routines?

JS: The fact that she can be there day in and day out, and help – as parents do – is tremendous. When both of you are there, you share the load, you eat together, you have family time. And that’s important.

Typically in evening when I’m trying to make dinner, change the kids’ clothes in their PE bags, and do other chores, it would be impossible to interact with the children at the same time. Claire’s able to move around, thanks to the Beam’s long battery life – and that mobility is key to make the experience work. She’s “home” every evening, between when kids get to the house until bedtime. And she reads the bedtime story.

CM: The kids’ bedroom is on the ground floor, and this means that I can move independently between the living room, the dining room and into the kids’ room. I find the Beam very easy to steer both through my laptop or my phone. The battery life is excellent - in fact, I don’t even know what it is as I haven’t got close to running out, and docking at the charging point at the end of the evening is simple, too.

BEAM: Is there anything that Claire can’t do via the Beam that you wished she could?

JS: Some things are different. Claire wouldn’t watch television with me through the Beam; it doesn’t seem like the obvious thing to do. We can’t play table tennis together (not yet, anyways). And there’s a specific division of labor: I have to do cooking, washing up, fix the PE bags, but Claire will do what she can remotely.

Discipline is also interesting. I’m trying to get the children to respond to Claire on Beam, but it’s easier for them to ignore her. So, weirdly, I’m trying to train them to take instructions from a robot.

BEAM: What has been the most surprising thing about having a Beam at home?

JS: It doesn’t matter where Claire is – she can pop on the Beam. My original expectation was she’d leave work, go to her home in Bordeaux, and Beam in. But actually I think she uses it just as much from her phone, her laptop at work, while on the tram, or wherever she may be. She doesn't have to be in a particular physical place – it’s great you can get on your phone app and just be there.

Amy and Robodaddy

By Amy Scott, age 5½