CES: First Hands-On With Verizon’s VGo Robotic Telepresence
The next time you walk in to a department store you may not be greeted by a human, in fact, if Verizon Wireless has anything to do with it, you’ll be looking at a VGo. Presented at CES 2012, Verizon is aiming to enable 4G LTE devices beyond what we would expect with a typical smartphone or tablet. We saw the Golden-i headset display earlier that would allow remote data to be sent to the wearer, now, they’ve brought on a state-of-the-art robotic telepresence with embedded 4G LTE to man their booth. The VGo is a 4-foot robot that can be controlled by up to 1 user at a time, lasting 6-12 hours depending on the battery pack. What the VGo does is remotely replicates a person’s presence directly from Verizon’s LTE Innovation Center. The bot was free to move anywhere around the booth and communicate via a video camera, microphones, and LCD with attendees. What would you do if you walked in to a store having an issue and all that you could talk to was a VGo?
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