This evening I attended the Educause Learning Initiative (ELI)’s annual conference, but not in person. From my Vermont home I operated a telepresence robot from Double Robotics, and drove around the ELI reception interacting with people. Some first impressions:
The Double Robotics device (which I insist on calling a doppelbot) was simple, even elegant. It’s an iPad on a stick, mounted on rollers, like a stripped-down videoconference system mated to a baby Segue. I couldn’t operate it without the help of Michelle Diaz, who patiently charged the ‘bot then booted it up.
I couldn’t see that, of course. Instead I saw through DR’s Web interface, which was similarly simple:
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