|Your Conference |
There's a lot of good discussions going on in the conference, and I'll write more about it later, but I wanted to put out a quick post on my experience controlling a device that was 1,900 miles away. I immediately thought I was Howard from Big Bang Theory controlling the Mars Rover (see... geeking out!)
The device is about 100 lbs., and about 5'3" tall. So, I'm thinner, but shorter. It is really sturdy and very balanced. It moves around at a top speed of 2 mph, and you can control it either from your keyboard (arrow keys or game style left-hand keys), through the mouse, or if you've connected a game controller, you can control it through that. It's actually really easy to move around. I've found my way to the back of the room, and was able to find a space and back my way against the wall.
You get sound from all around. This is probably the part that is the hardest to deal with, especially when there is a lot of room noise. Sometimes the sound is jumbled, but almost all the time I was able to hear what was being said, but you have to focus a bit more than you would if you were there in person.
Battery life on the device is a max of 8 hours. Unfortunately, mine didn't start off with a full charge today, so I had to put it back on the charging base for about 30 minutes to an hour. Luckily, that's long enough for me to write this post, and go grab some Thai food for lunch before beaming back to Stanford this afternoon.
My overall experience so far? This is really amazing. I can see a number of uses for this at conferences and meetings all over the world. Eventually, I'd think that conference centers would start having these set up at their facilities and charging people to use them, or allotting a number of devices to the conference presenters to allow people that cannot travel to the conference to still "be there."
|Being Interviewed by Mike Swift of MLex|
I'd like to thank Erin Rapacki, Director of Marketing, and Klaudia Warren, also from suitabletech.com for setting me up with their Beam device. And to Nicole Shanahan, CodeX Fellow and Founder/CEO at ClearAccessIP for their help in allowing me to attend the CodeX conference remotely.