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The Pre-Programmed Ava 500 Will Wander Around the Office

By: Jen Chae - Published: Jun 11, 2013 • References: irobot and mashable
Even if your boss is away on vacation somewhere, your boss could take a stroll around the office with the Ava 500 by iRobot and Cisco. The updated robot uses a telepresence conference calling system -- it enables the person on the other end to control the robot to transport around the office, dropping by all the different desks and stations.

Other teleconferencing systems have previously used the joystick approach to control the robot, but the Ava 500 will be smarter than that -- it will have a pre-installed GPS map of the office of its residence. This way, all your manager needs to do is simply choose or click on the destination on an iPad mini.

Ava 500's visits can be scheduled, too. A demonstration proved that the Ava 500 is immaculately programmed so it never bumps into anything. The implementation of this advanced system would strictly enforce surveillance and make the conference call feel much more real-time.