Why travel on business when you can send your robot double?
That's the idea behind Hewlett-Packard Laboratories' "travel robot." A team made up mostly of former Compaq Computer researchers has built the gadget that allows a distant colleague to be more accurately represented at a meeting than is possible through traditional videoconferencing.
With HP's setup, a distant co-worker sits in a small room surrounded by projectors that display the surroundings of the meeting. The robot's liquid crystal display (LCD) screen beams back sounds and images from the meeting to the person. Meanwhile, the robot's head, which consists of several flat-panel displays, shows the distant co-worker's face and facial expressions to those attending the meeting.
News source: news.com
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