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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.

Meet IvanAnywhere – Link

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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