Robotic Office Stand-In

Programmer Ivan Bowman contributes in conference room meetings, tools around the office hallways, and has even attended a company party or two—all through his robotic-looking stand-in, IvanAnywhere.

Bowman telecommutes from his home, which is more than 800 miles from the headquarters of his company, iAnywhere. But instead of just staying in touch through the phone or email, he directs what's essentially a webcam and laptop sitting atop a remote-controlled car, driving it through iAnywhere's office.

Now he can even keep pace with kitchen chatter. A great story on the genesis of the idea, and his co-workers' reactions, can be found here.—Gregory Mone