It’s been a little too serious around this blog lately, so here is something fun to stimulate your lateral thinking.
Apparently this woman was in California and interacting with folks in Orlando. She could hear him standing/walking nearby and engaged him in conversation.
This is BEAM. It’s a mobile, WiFi powered, video-conferencing, remote presence system. The features are listed on the website, and it is an interesting concept. The fact that it has wheels and can move at 3 mph following someone around is different; I have not seen this full package before.
At first I thought—could this work as a reference tool? Could it push us beyond the desk as a new twist on roving reference? Or what about tours? What about meetings? Could students or faculty use it for their own meetings too?
Or how about this: imagine that you have potential students or recently accepted students visiting some type of orientation booth—everyone does the same old thing, but if you a BEAM that could grab some attention.
It’s a little bizarre I’ll grant you that, but for a “tech” school it could be one of those small things that really creates a powerful impression on users. I’m still processing this idea but wanted to share. Something a little fun for a summer Friday.
Note: The Beam link seems to be having trouble. Here it is in long form: https://www.suitabletech.com/beam/