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Engineer Christian Carlberg tests the Beam, a remote (Credit: AP)

Engineer Christian Carlberg tests the Beam, a remote presence system, through an obstacle course at Suitable Technologies in Palo Alto, Calif. (Dec. 12, 2012)

Beam, mobile video telepresence robot, gives workers presence on site

Beam, a mobile video conferencing machine that can move around an office, topped with a large video screen, gives workers a physical presence at a work site.

Bo Preising, Suitable Technologies' vice president of engineering,
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Bo Preising, Suitable Technologies' vice president of engineering, at left, talks with fellow engineers Josh Faust, center on screen, and Josh Tyler, on screen at right, who are both using a Beam remote presence system in Palo Alto, Calif. (Dec. 12, 2012)

Engineer Christian Carlberg tests the Beam, a remote
(Credit: AP)

Engineer Christian Carlberg tests the Beam, a remote presence system, through an obstacle course at Suitable Technologies in Palo Alto, Calif. (Dec. 12, 2012)

Engineer Christian Carlberg tests the Beam, a remote
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Engineer Christian Carlberg tests the Beam, a remote presence system, through an obstacle course with the help of fellow engineer Dallas Goecker, on screen, who communicating remotely from Seymour, Ind., to Suitable Technologies in Palo Alto, Calif. (Dec. 12, 2012)

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Senior software engineer Josh Faust, seen on screen,
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Senior software engineer Josh Faust, seen on screen, navigates his company's office using a Beam remote presence system as fellow engineer Stephanie Lee works on a project at Suitable Technologies in Palo Alto, Calif. (Dec. 12, 2012)

Bo Preising, Suitable Technologies' vice president of engineering,
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Bo Preising, Suitable Technologies' vice president of engineering, seen on screen at center, and director of operations Milan Bhalala, far left and on screen at right, navigate their offices' recreation area using a Beam remote presence system in Palo Alto, Calif. (Dec. 12, 2012)

Bo Preising, Suitable Technologies' vice president of engineering,
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Bo Preising, Suitable Technologies' vice president of engineering, seen on screen, tests the Beam remote presence system in a sound room in Palo Alto, Calif. (Dec. 12, 2012)

Engineer Christian Carlberg tests the Beam, a remote
(Credit: AP)

Engineer Christian Carlberg tests the Beam, a remote presence system, through an obstacle course with the help of fellow engineer Dallas Goecker, top right on screen, communicating remotely from Seymour, Ind., to Suitable Technologies in Palo Alto, Calif. (Dec. 12, 2012)

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