Friday, 30 December 2011

No Excuses: Robots Put You In Two Places At Once




The robot at Evernote looks a little like a stick figure on wheels. Its bulbous head has two eyes, which are actually a camera and a laser. On its forehead is a screen, where you can see Libin's face and Libin can see employees, like Andrew Sinkov. 
"You know, it's probably better than having him be right next to me," Sinkov says. "I'm kidding ... It's pretty cool. When he's not around, this is a good way to communicate with him." 
Libin is often traveling to his company's other locations in Japan, Austin and Zurich. His company makes products that help people remember everything from chores, names and appointments to random thoughts. He says using the robot to stay connected to his home office is better than a video conference program like Skype, which connects to a computer stuck in one room. 
"Whereas with a robot ... I can just roll around. I can roll into a meeting that somebody else is having," he says. "I can sort of say, 'Hey, what are you guys talking about?' I can go up and look at the whiteboard. I can point at things with the laser."
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