telepresence robot gets Verizon LTE, we go eyes-on (video)"
The idea of a telepresence robot isn't exactly new in the tech world,
considering there's been a few going
to school in the place of
teenagers for over a year now. But the VGo 'bot -- a chest-high roving
device that has a display and camera built-in and allows patients and
others to interact with a remote operator -- is at CES this year to
show off its inclusion of Verizon
LTE, instead of the WiFi-only
model we've seen in times past. Certainly, the robot can default to
WiFi in the absence of Big Red's next-gen network, but the nationwide
coverage definitely gives the robot a lot more appeal... even if it is
a mere $6,000. Expect to see the 4G-enabled Johnny
Five available in the next two
or three weeks. To see exactly what the robot's capable of, check out
the gallery below and the video after the break.