Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Robot Orders a Scone in Mountain View, Ca.

Here is another video that is capturing a moment in time, in history, much like this one I recently posted about a the Wikispeed car.

In this one we see a robot in a cafe order and receive a scone. It's a telepresence robot, it's an Anybot. I did not catch how the bot pays for the scone.

What I like, again, like the car video, is that this will be viewed as one of the first documentations of public telepresence by robots. I know they've been around, and people have used them at conferences, and some disabled students are using them to join in with their peers, but this just feels like a Kitty Hawk moment. (And a few videos were shot this day as well by other bystanders.)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Inside Wikispeed Seattle

Wow, I have a feeling I'm watching a video of history, before it's history. Like being at Kitty Hawk or seeing a black and white film of Henry Ford. This guy and his team at Wikispeed are making history, and what seems to be a hell of a car.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Fly Paper Clock.avi

Can't wait to build a fly catching robot that powers itself!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Airport security: Safe as mouses | The Economist

There is a mention at the end of the article, "And there's something disconcerting and sweatshop-like about mice being trapped in containers to sniff air."

I disagree. I think it is noble, not much stress unless they smell a bomb. This is very much a civil servant job. Like a police dog.

Better than receiving experimental drugs, then being kiled, dissected, and examined under microscope.

Airport security: Safe as mouses | The Economist