I am starting this post off with something that is an excerpt from TV’s “The Big Bang Theory”. This was the first exposure that I was given to the Texai Remote Virtual Presence:

Now this may seem trivial and humorous, but this type of device has many practical uses in the future.

While working on the PR2, two Willow Garage engineers, Dallas Goecker and Curt Meyers, working 2000 miles apart, needed a more efficient method of interacting and collaborating throughout the day. Frustrated with conference table phones and video conferencing, Dallas and Curt applied their knowledge of building battle bots and the PR2 to create the first Texai prototype.

Dallas now spends the majority of his time working for Willow Garage by piloting his Texai from Indiana.  Rather than being confined to the table or wall, Dallas now uses Texai to work and engage with co-workers here in Menlo Park, California.

Please view the video posted in the New York Time and Willow Garage for more.

New York Times Interview: http://video.nytimes.com/video/2010/09/04/science/1248068965210/robots-at-work.html

Willow Garage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkG-0ysZM6o