A growing number of employees are showing up at work with the help of remote-controlled telepresence machines that allow faraway workers to all but touch their offices. "This gives you that casual interaction that you're used to at work. I'm sitting in my desk area with everybody else. I'm part of their conversations and their socializing," said Dallas Goecker, a Seymour, Ind.-based engineer who works for a Palo Alto, Calif., technology firm. Goecker uses Suitable Technologies' Beam, one of more than a dozen mobile videoconferencing devices on the market.
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