A hacker has put together a viable home-brew telepresence robot using easily available components that's good enough to rival much more expensive peers like Anybot's QB. More than anything, this suggests telepresence virtual working is an imminent phenomenon.
Ever wish you could attend a meeting without getting out of bed or chat with participants at a conference 2,000 miles away? You could always videochat, sure, but it's just not as meaningful as having a physical presence. Enter the telepresence robot. Google cofounder Sergey Brin made use of a Texai Skype-connected telepresence bot at an X Prize fundraiser this past weekend, shuffling around to talk to participants as if he was actually there.