Woman to take part in Chicago parade via robot

The Associated PressJuly 18, 2014 

— A Chicago woman with partial paralysis plans to participate in the city's Disability Pride Parade by driving a robot from her apartment bedroom.

Barbara Reed will be using an Orbis Robotics Teleporter connected to her home computer. Her image will appear on the screen of the robot as she maneuvers it through the parade. Members of Chicago's American Legion Post 2091 will accompany the robot.

In a press release, the California-based manufacturer says the mobile video conference technology may someday allow homebound people to work in the retail industry. In a similar demonstration, Reed worked at a recent convention as the Orbis Robotics spokesperson without leaving her apartment.

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