what made a difference
The balance of humanity and technology, a Speck hallmark, was perfectly expressed in this design effort. The soft, rounded, and unassuming robotic form avoided “uncanny valley,” encouraged collaboration and interaction, and helped remote employees feel closer to their teams. These aesthetic choices also allowed the Beam robot to fit into any office environment around the world.
A key step was designing the Beam’s front and rear bumpers for maximum absorption of impact energy and optimal isolation of shock transfer. We selected sheet metal for a flexible and integrated suspension system, allowing the Beam to glide over rough ground.
We partnered with acoustic engineers to create a microphone array mounting system and a sleek speaker box design for superior in-room sound clarity. We also designed an elegant and minimalist docking and charging station for ease in navigation and charging. The final product was elegant, user-friendly, and manufacturable.
The Beam is revolutionizing connectivity and improving corporate culture with customers including Microsoft, Mars, Splunk, Xtreme Labs, and Magic Leap. You may catch sight of it at a trade show, wedding, or even on a rerun of “The Big Bang Theory." As telepresence rockets to $13 billion in revenues by 2017, Suitable Technologies remains a frontrunner.