Telepresence robots may soon stalk you in your home.

Screen Shot 2014-03-03 at 8.56.42 AMSuitable Technologies is releasing a telepresence robot named Beam+. The robot adds mobility to video chat. Picture a Roomba vacuum cleaner with a tall stalk supporting an iPad at shoulder level. The caller uses an app to control the robot, rolling it around the home of the person he or she is talking to. Check out this amusing promo video from Suitable Technologies.

Personally, I’m not sure I’m ready for this technology. I like to be able to control what my callers see when we chat. I can imagine myself having to tackle the robot as it rolls down the hall towards a messy family room or barges in the bathroom. I especially enjoye the scene in the video where the husband surprises his wife in the laundry room. This just seems way too invasive even for married couples.

What about you?  Are you ready to invite spy robots into your laundry room?


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