Working from home is becoming more synchronized with office activity than ever before
Working from home will be stepped up a level now that Google intends to develop a telepresence drone. A patent application made public on February 2 revealed its specifications. This takes telepresence robotics to the next level. Online work in Google is already done with such technology.
Google believes it will solve many problems faced by current telepresence robots
The diagrams within the patent application publication reveal the capabilities of this drone. It would be a small quad copter with an H-frame. The drone will incorporate the use of a tablet, or even a smartphone. There appears to be potential for the tiny aircraft to beam images from a projector.
Currently, telepresence robotics appear to have reached the limit of their technological capabilities. Google wishes to circumvent this by creating a drone that can fly between rooms. It will not experience the restriction of staircases; as current telepresence systems do. Google claims it will use less energy, and increase engagement.
Current telepresence robots obviously have their advantages and disadvantages
Many of which this drone would share with them. Critics wonder why such a system is necessary when we have technology such as Skype. When a person is not physically present, they cannot fully actively participate.
It’s not like you can go for lunch and share a meal with a face on a screen. Activities such as document signing is also impossible.
Users of the robotic floor bound versions of this technology have also reported other problems
At times audio will experience delays, or networks can crash. While tech has come a long way throughout time, it is still subject to failure and breakdown. Some have questioned the impersonal nature of the hardware. There is also the issue of there being no peripheral vision capabilities.
On the other hand, the advantages do seem to outweigh the perceived disadvantages.
Companies already report huge cost savings
They have saved tens of thousands of dollars by not needing to purchase flight tickets or hotel stays. If someone is sick, or restricted by bad weather, this technology can keep the workflow smooth.
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