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.
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Joseph Volpe contributed to this post.