Office Gear That's Smarter Than You Are

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Remote Workers Beam in Via Robot

Don't worry about stepping on this "co-worker's" toes. iRobot created Ava 500, a video collaboration screen that can autonomously roll about a space. It has a monitor for a head, which allows virtual workers to beam in from afar and report to meetings (in the hospital, where its already available, doctors can teleconference with patients). iRobot, headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts, is expected to make Ava 500 available to businesses early next year.