So here's the future, I guess: you can now meet President Obama via robot — or that is, if you're the awesome Alice Wong, founder and project coordinator of the Disability Visibility Project, you can.
In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), President Barack Obama invited prominent members of the disability community to the White House, Wong among them. Unable to attend in person, Wong used a telepresence robot called a Beam Pro.
Designed primarily for telecommunicative office use, the Beam Pro is meant to "[connect] people and keeps organizational culture alive by empowering spontaneous and independent interaction," according to the company website.
Another attendee posted a photo of Wong (via Beam Pro) and POTUS on Instagram. Likewise, Wong also tweeted a photo from her end.
A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Jul 20, 2015 at 5:58pm PDT
Beam Pro is a rechargeable mobile Smart Presence System (SPS) piloted and controlled by an app, which is compatible with both Windows and Mac.
Wong's history-making move is not only a triumph for visibility on behalf of those living with disabilities, but also for telepresence technology — illustrating that outside-the-box thinking can lead to unimaginable possibilities. (And meeting POTUS isn't too shabby, either.)
See Beam Pro in action in the video below.