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Thursday, March 03, 2005

Robots to Watch Children Showcased

ABC News Report: Robots to Watch Children Showcased
Robots to Watch Children and Even Co-Workers Among Technology at Microsoft TechFest

Excerpt: REDMOND, Wash. Mar 2, 2005 — The teddy bear sitting in the corner of the child's room might look normal, until his head starts following the kid around using a face recognition program, perhaps also allowing a parent talk to the child through a special phone, or monitor the child via a camera and wireless Internet connection.

The plush prototype, on display at Microsoft Corp.'s annual gadget showcase Wednesday, is one of several ideas researchers have for robots. The idea is to create a virtual being that can visit the neighboring cubicle for a live telephone chat even as its owner is traveling thousands of miles away, or let the plumber into the house while its owner enjoys a pleasant afternoon in the sun.

Plenty of companies are already building robots for the work place, and toy companies have created plush dolls that know a child's name or can incorporate other personal information. But Steven Bathiche, a research and development program manager with Redmond-based Microsoft, said his company's projects go further.

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Hard Comment: Remember laughing at the idea of having a telephone without a cord?
TV with NO remote control,,, antenna's,,, and here we are with the beginning age of Robots! What is life goiing to be like in another 30 years? How long before real like 'West World' Robots.

BBC's Recent Report on Robots For War is Right out of a Terminator Movie - Must See!

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