VGo and United Cerebral Palsy Demo Advanced Assistive Control Solutions for Robotic Telepresence

Organizations have partnered to develop new tools for people with disabilities to expand their independence

NASHUA, N.H. and WASHINGTON, April 26, 2012 -- VGo Communications, the leader in robotic telepresence, and United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)-an international advocate, educating and providing support services for children and adults with a spectrum of disabilities-today announced a partnership to collaborate and work together to define and deliver accessibility enhancements to VGo's robotic telepresence solution. A demonstration of prototype voice activated remote robotic telepresence driving controls will be seen by attendees of the 2012 UCP Annual Conference, Transitioning to Tomorrow, in Washington, DC.


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"We saw what VGo was doing for homebound students and realized that with some usability enhancements, VGo could be a dramatic life altering tool for many people with disabilities," said Stephen Bennett, UCP President and CEO. "Imagine the opportunities and quality of life improvements for people who currently cannot go places because their disability prevents access or makes it too expensive. UCP is excited to be working with VGo to make this technology available to people with disabilities so they can live life without limits."

"We're very excited about jointly developing specific usability enhancements for people served by United Cerebral Palsy," said Peter N. Vicars, CEO of VGo. "Our users today find controlling a VGo with their computer mouse or keyboard keys very easy, but indeed not everyone can use a computer in a traditional way. We know how impactful VGo has been for students that are homebound and can't go to school. Soon VGo can be available to other disabled people so they can move around in a distant place without first having to get themselves there."

For more information about UCP, visit www.ucp.org.

For more information about VGo, visit www.vgocom.com.

About United Cerebral Palsy

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) educates, advocates and provides support services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities. Together with nearly 100 affiliates, UCP has a mission to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with a spectrum of disabilities by providing services and support to more than 176,000 children and adults every day-one person at a time, one family at a time. UCP works to enact real change-to revolutionize care, raise standards of living and create opportunities-impacting the lives of millions living with disabilities. For more than 60 years, UCP has worked to ensure the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in every facet of society. Together, with parents and caregivers, UCP will continue to push for the social, legal and technological changes that increase accessibility and independence, allowing people with disabilities to dream their own dreams, for the next 60 years, and beyond. For more information, visit www.ucp.org.

About VGo

VGo Communications, Inc. develops and markets visual communications solutions for the workplace. The company was founded in 2007 by experienced successful veterans of the visual communications and robotics industries. VGo has leveraged the recent trends of widespread wireless high speed networks, lower specialized component costs and the universal acceptance of video as a communications medium to become the Robotic Telepresence market leader.

With the VGo solution, an individual's presence is replicated in a distant location such that they can interact and perform their job in ways not previously possible. Now they can see, be seen, hear, be heard and move around in any remote facility -just as if they were there. VGo enables: healthcare providers to deliver lower cost services and improved quality of care, businesses to increase productivity of remote and travelling employees, and homebound students to attend school - all with a great user experience and at an affordable price.

Media Contact: Ned Semonite, VGo Communications, 978-831-3195, nsemonite@vgocom.com

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