The idea of a telepresence robot isn't exactly new in the tech world, considering there's been a few going to school
in the place of teenagers for over a year now. But the VGo 'bot -- a chest-high roving device that has a display and camera built-in and allows patients and others to interact with a remote operator -- is at CES this year to show off its inclusion of Verizon LTE
, instead of the WiFi-only model we've seen in times past. Certainly, the robot can default to WiFi in the absence of Big Red's next-gen network, but the nationwide coverage definitely gives the robot a lot more appeal... even if it is a mere $6,000. Expect to see the 4G-enabled Johnny Five
available in the next two or three weeks. To see exactly what the robot's capable of, check out the gallery below and the video after the break.
Joseph Volpe contributed to this post.