We got something in our office last month that is a game changer. It’s a Beam Telepresence Robot that allows anyone who is authorized to take control of the robot, drive around our office, attend meetings, or pop into someone’s office for a conversation.

The use case I like best is attending meetings with the Beam. We have had a big screen in the front of our conference room with various videoconference applications on it for years. It works well but it never feels like you are sitting around the table with the rest of the group. With the Beam, you get that exact feeling. It’s the closest I’ve felt to being in the room from a remote location.

I also like being able to grab the Beam and take a quick trip around the office and check in with people while I’m away.

Here’s a video that shows four use cases. You will get a sense of it and how it works from the video.

We have the Beam+ which is really fine for our office. It’s $2000 and I am thinking we should get another so we can have two remote people in our conference room at one time.

We haven’t yet had entrepreneurs use the Beam to pitch us, but I’m sure that will happen soon. And I think it will be a better experience than coming in over the big screen in the front of the room.