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Duane Benson
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re: Rentable avatars that can attend conferences in your place
Duane Benson   4/10/2012 4:20:36 PM
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Not just for working at home, if I had one, I'd send it to meetings in my place while stay back in my office and get work done.

Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   4/10/2012 3:27:35 PM
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I'm working from home myself as we speak (looking after my wife who is recovering from an operation) -- I hadn't even thought about this, but having a VGo in my office while I'm here (or here while I'm in my office) would be GREAT. In the latter case I would know when my son got home from school, and he could tell me if he wanted me to pick anything up from the store... I think these could be a lot more useful than I first supposed...

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MullerCentral   4/10/2012 3:10:06 PM
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Sorry, Max reminded me that I forgot the disclosure: I actually work for VGo (Software Architect/Lead Developer). But I do actually eat my own dog food and work from home 2 days a week. My VGo sits outside of my cube on its charger, and I try to stay in a call for most of the day with my audio/video muted for my own privacy. If anybody needs me, they just walk up to it and say "Hey Jeff, are you there?" Then I just un-mute and can follow them to their cube or a conference room. If I need to talk to somebody, I don't need to hope they're paying attention to their IM/email or even at their desk. I can just drive around looking for them. Jeff p.s. Max, you can always contact our sales/marketing to see if you could get a unit for review (but being in Engineering, I couldn't say one way or the other ;-)

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Max The Magnificent   4/10/2012 2:39:25 PM
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Very tasty -- but how do we know that it's you posting this and not your VGo? For all we know your VGo has you tied up in the chair with a gag around your mouth, and it's now sending messages out to everyone it can to get it's cousins placed in all our homes :-) Seriously, I would love to play with one of these little rascals :-)

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MullerCentral   4/10/2012 2:32:24 PM
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There's also VGo, at under $6,000. I'm using a VGo to work from home right now! http://www.vgocom.com http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=videos&search_query=vgo+robot&search_sort=video_date_uploaded

Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   4/3/2012 6:52:35 PM
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Check out this video of a dog-like robot -- it's sort of creepy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNZPRsrwumQ

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Max The Magnificent   4/3/2012 6:51:32 PM
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YES! I'm sure I have it in my office (I'm working from home today) ... I'll have to check when I get back ... and if so I will add this to the pile of books I want to read again...

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Max The Magnificent   4/3/2012 6:50:38 PM
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That sounds right -- thanks a lot -- now I want to watch that movie again...

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OmegaMan   4/3/2012 5:47:32 PM
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The book was "Kiln People" by David Brin.

OmegaMan
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OmegaMan   4/3/2012 5:46:38 PM
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I believe the movie was "Surrogates" with Bruce Willis.

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