st3lt3k found a fun LifeHacker article with Origin founder Richard Garriott on work habits. His video game development studio, Portalarium, is based in Austin, Texas, but his family currently lives in New York. Yet he maintains a daily presence in the office thanks to his Beam telepresence robot. Mr. Garriott's actually been using robots to get around for quite some time - he showed us an older model when we visited the studio almost a decade ago. He used to use an Anybots model. The interview also talks about some of the other stuff he's been up to lately, which is always a hoot. Check out the full article here.
Take us through a recent workday.
When I awake in NYC, I am an hour ahead of my Austin staff. This allows me to help get the kids off to school without a rush. I then log into my Beam and teleport to Austin from my home office desk in NYC. I then go about starting my day’s work, while leaving my robot body present in my Austin office, just as I would be if physically present in Austin. This allows me to welcome employees as they arrive, and participate in the natural flow and rhythm of the office.
I attend the morning standup reports (either as a human or robot) daily. When people want to speak with me, they visit me normally, I participate in hallway chatter and even loiter in the kitchen wishing I could share in the snacks when I am a robot.