Dude sends robot replacement to work

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and "lazy person's memoir," called Borg Like Me.

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By Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and "lazy person's memoir," called Borg Like Me.

3925 Articles

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I’m really surprised that telepresence/telerobotics hasn’t caught on more than it has. IRobot was R&Ding this tech nearly a decade ago. And the tools to make it happen have only gotten cheaper and more widely distributed. In this story, reverberating around the Interwebs, Ivan Bowman, a computer programmer, works from his living room in Nova Scotia, while his “robot” (basically a remotely-controlled computer on wheels) named “IvanAnywhere” motors around the offices of his employer, iAnywhere Solutions, over 830 miles away, in Waterloo. As with the iRobot experiences and those of others who’ve played with tele-robotic presence since, co-workers soon forget that they’re talking to a mobile coat rack and act as if Bowman is actually there. IvanAnywhere has even attended company parties.

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