You see the potentials involved both positive and negative. My own preferences lean toward employing such devices for assisted living, health care
monitoring, fire and emergency awareness and such.
The first thing I'd use it for is a computer problem that pops up from time to time... and causes no end of hassle is even in a PXE (pre-executable
network environment) that can use "magic packet" to wake and reboot machines - there are times that doesn't work - such a bot with an extra-I/O
board could be modified to give the balky machine "a single finger tune-up"; press reboot.
Having some unoccupied 5.25" bays will allow generic PC items to be fitted without too many mods.
Yes, it could be programmed to do such a task as you mention or it could just read out your email using the voice-synthesis software.
I took away the meaning that Mr. Burick intends for the programming aspect to be "brought-down" to the level that "Joe and Martha Average" could
program easier tasks... whether with the macro-recording interface or downdloadable snap-in's from the user community.
Previous to this design there were many complicated ways to achieve similar results... these folks just put it all together in one...
It is a great starting point for more advanced designs and uses... swarm semi-autonomus goal-seeking and task oriented programming are also mentioned
in the video clip. That has potentially more good and "less than good" possibilities...
Burick is hooked up with Kanata tech-darlin' Frontline Robotics
and their "Team Intelligence" ROC
module is already in use guarding and patrolling using semi-autonomous ATV's... how difficult would it be to weaponize such tech? I'm sure that's
were most of this stuff comes from anyhow... military. As always it cuts bi-directionally.
Some of the compatible sensor modules are interesting... laser ranging, IR, audio, video, face recognition, bio-metrics, card swipers, RFID, GPS, all
available by IP... from just about anywhere.
A couple of points to ponder... a WiMax version is coming, one could scrap the chassis and battery/motive system for something more robust, wheeled,
tracked, legged by dumping the differential steering in favour of other sorts... a "smart-dock" although not available commercially is do-able...
with a pneumatic or hydraulic system grafted on - many highly energetic tasks could be performed... even Caterpillar is all over this...
Yes it could be the "Window" on a whole new Robotic "Vista" of tele-prescence, tele-operated... "Where do you want to go today? - "Start Me
EDIT: Frontline "GRUNT"
video - goin' to S. Korean places of interest.
DailyPlanet source (exn.ca). Same tech, same differential steering.
The big thing for me is the Frontline ROC box "shades of Von Neueman"... in the wrong hands these puppies could be "tag-team nasty". For the
petrol heads: Add two automotive batteries (70AH each) and an MSD Ignition CDI box and 70KV coil set with a DC driven timing flag... a little
compressed air... some gossamer wire and a delivery 'trode... most odious. Funny what happens when you go lookin'...
[edit on 2-10-2006 by V Kaminski]