Cobham Free School (CFS) are the first school in the world to be using the latest telepresence technology. The GoBe Robot from NESA Robotics has proven to overcome a few major challenges the education sector has faced this year. Transforming human interaction, the innovative Robot 'puts you in the room' and gives a feeling of social inclusion with natural mobility and immersive telepresence, from anywhere in the world within seconds.

Since being introduced to the technology and working with the team at NESA Robotics, Cobham Free School have unveiled numerous cost, safety and environmental benefits

● Cost reduction in supply teachers

● Teachers can be present from anywhere in the world keeping continuity of teaching staff for pupils

● Minimising social contact (Government’s COVID guidance) and enabling a wider reach when supply teachers are needed for cover

● Teachers and students self-isolating are now able to ‘be present’ teaching or attending classes and meetings

● Can be used in key areas of the school to greet or interact with students without the need for close contact

● Parents can have ‘face to face’ meetings without needing to be on site 

● Supporting the reduction co2 emissions, reducing the need for travel

● GoBe’s can support with real time virtual tours

The GoBe Robot is fully autonomous with built-in LIDAR and 3D cameras that detect obstacles to take you wherever you want to go, so you can interact with others in a more human way. Rather than being on a fixed screen during calls and conferences you can move around using the GoBe interface, and be in the office with your team as if you were there in person.

The 21.5 inch HD portrait screen provides a true representation of your features, giving a real sense of presence, and the echo-cancelling microphones and speaker design allows you to hear every word spoken and to be heard clearly. Likewise, the speaker makes it easy for you to be heard when in one on one conversations and when speaking to a small auditorium of people without additional amplification.

Providing a crystal clear picture to wherever you may be, the robot is equipped with multiple cameras that make seeing others, new products, or presentations much easier than traditional video call platforms. And with an 8-hour run time, you can be present and interact with others all-day, making sure you don’t miss any detail.

Michaela Khatib, Executive Head stated: ‘We have thoroughly enjoyed having the GoBe robot at CFS with us. It has the potential to overcome a number of challenges schools face during Covid-19 restrictions and beyond. The GoBe robot is an amazing tool for connecting teachers working off-site with their classes and for keeping students engaged in their learning. Our pupils have found the experience very exciting and the GoBe robot has become a great talking point. We have been delighted to trial this innovation and to be able to use this novel technology to improve our provision’.

Howard Morris, Chair of Governors stated: ‘CFS is a forward-thinking school and has greatly valued the opportunity to test-drive the GoBe robot this week. We can envisage so many possibilities for using this new technology within our school for maintaining a consistent approach to lesson delivery, even when teachers are working remotely. The GoBe robot enables teachers to interact with students wherever they are in the classroom, and this is far more effective than giving presentations on static screens. Thank you to Heath Williams and his team for enabling us to have a glimpse of the future’.

Heath Williams, CEO, NESA Robotics stated: ‘I am thrilled by the school’s leadership team introducing innovative initiatives into the school environment. The GoBe robot not only ensures the safety of the children and staff but also provides continuity of the highest teaching standards. It has been a pleasure working with Cobham Free School’.