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Fujitsu To Ship Linux Powered Robot in July

CowboyNeal posted more than 11 years ago | from the bop-whirr-zoop dept.

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Radical Rad writes "The Register is reporting that Fujitsu will be shipping a consumer robot in July called HOAP for Humanoid Open Architecture Platform and it will be running a real-time version of Linux. They plan to release info on the controls system to make it possible to program using C/C++. The 7 kg robot is wired with USB and can have an optional 802.11b transceiver." This thing could be a lot of fun to program and send around the house.

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Does Fujitsu have? (2, Funny)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622469)

Do they have a custom Linux distribution for this robot? I have a great name for this! HOAX

YOU ARE MOST LIKELY A GAY HOMOSEXUAL FAGGOT ROBOT (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5622495)

Re:Does Fujitsu have? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5622729)

Wait, what did you say? I was too busy staring at your sig...

Re:Does Fujitsu have? (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622819)

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--

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Toynbee ideas in Kubrik's 2001
http://www.pobox.com/~woneill Resurrect dead on planet Jupiter

Re:Does Fujitsu have? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5623044)

Your sig is annoying. So you can type some special characters in a pattern. Big freaking deal.

Remember, sometimes less is more.

FIRST I AM (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5622470)

First

Re:FIRST I AM (-1, Offtopic)

Goatse Guy (661377) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622484)

First you not, ghey Mac user!

Robot (0, Funny)

Original AIDS Monkey (315494) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622471)

This thing could be a lot of fun to program and send around the house.

I can just see CowboyNeal now... "Fetch me food, CowbotKneel!"

teledildonics (-1, Troll)

Goatse Guy (661377) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622473)

Does it support teledildonics protocols?

Re:teledildonics (-1, Flamebait)

Goatse Guy (661377) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622586)

How is this a troll? This is a valid question. Fuck you for moderating down a valid question.

Willy Wonka (4, Funny)

The Only Druid (587299) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622481)

Maybe its me, but every time I see one of these pint-sized robots demonstrated or released, my first impulse is to sing an Oompa-Loompa song in my head. I just picture a crowd of these, milling around my house taking care of random tasks, and singing moral lessons to all my visitors.

Then again, I do wear a purple top hat.

Re:Willy Wonka (1)

Hubert_Shrump (256081) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622648)

Not me. I see myself being hunted for sport and getting my head mounted at the robot lodge over the arc-lamp fireplace.

Re:Willy Wonka (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5622695)

I think it is definitely just you.

Re:Willy Wonka (1)

spongman (182339) | more than 11 years ago | (#5623166)

buy a bunch of them, give them each an axe and hook them up to Weta's Massive.

Re:Willy Wonka (1)

spongman (182339) | more than 11 years ago | (#5623174)

hackers beware!

oops, sorry, left out the comma.

Hmmm... (2)

Squidgee (565373) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622482)

I can't imagine what will happen to this poor robot once Hackers get their hands on it..

I can see Butler Bots appearing. Maybe an aftermarket for "Robot Modules", sort of like software now? Could be fun!

Re:Hmmm... (2, Interesting)

xigxag (167441) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622523)

I wonder whether Fujitsu would be held liable if someone programmed one of these robots to kill somebody. I could see it argued in court that by using Linux, they made it "too easy" for any psychopath "hacker" or script kiddy to turn their toy into a dangerous weapon.

Re:Hmmm... (1)

axxackall (579006) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622897)

By installing Microsoft on it the bot becomes dangerous even without any hackers. Now imagine if any hackers will get their hands on Microsoft based bot!

Speaking about Linux, the bot will have specially customized Linux - rootless Linux. Hackers are seeking for root. No root - no hackers. Simple.

Re:Hmmm... (1)

TheVoice900 (467327) | more than 11 years ago | (#5623145)

Just as knife makers should be held liable if someone uses a knife to kill someone else. After all , it's too easy for a "hacker" (pun not intended, of course) to get a hold of a knife and turn this average kitchen utensil in to a weapon.

Potentially, anything could be a weapon... should society hold the makers of any household object accountable if someone decides to make it their weapon of chocie? I think we'd soon see nearly every product imagineable disappear if that were the case.

Tethered? (4, Informative)

Hayzeus (596826) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622490)

My understanding was that this robot (actually the HOAP-2, a sucessor to the HOAP-1) was to be tethered for both power and datacomm to a remote computer running linux. If this is the case, don't expect it to be wandering too far.

Note that the HOAP-1 ran about $48,000.00USD; unless the price drops significanty, it'll probably not be your next tech toy.

More info and video (in Japanese) from Fujitsu here [fujitsu.com] .

Re:Tethered? (2, Funny)

DoctorDan (654743) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622511)

'I am going to take over the world and exterminate' 'No you're not, the power cable is only 6' long' On par with the inability of daleks to climb stairs...

Re:Tethered? (2, Insightful)

chefbimbo (637251) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622530)

Ok, it already got hands so it can go get me beer out of the fridge (my fridge is slightly higher than the robot so that works).

Now if you also add a pussy this thing WILL be sold even at 50K. Maintenance sure would be cheaper than with a girl.

Re:Tethered? (1)

Hayzeus (596826) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622558)

If it's sex you're looking for try here [realdoll.com] . Plus they're only about 5G.

Re:Tethered? (1)

The Salamander (56587) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622709)

If only I could find a Cherry 2000 [imdb.com]

Re:Tethered? (1)

mwolff (594593) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622588)

There's an optional 802.11b link.

Could that work as the datacomm?

Re:Tethered? (1)

Hayzeus (596826) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622606)

Not if the main box isn't on board the robot, and there wouldn't be a whole lot of point to 802.11b if the power source is remote.

The programming better include... (3, Informative)

Toasty16 (586358) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622491)

...the Three Laws of Robotics:

A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Re:The programming better include... (1)

chrisseaton (573490) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622531)

I don't think it's in danger of being in a sitution where "through inaction, [it would] allow a human being to come to harm" quite yet.

Re:The programming better include... (2, Funny)

HunterWare (128177) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622563)

>> I don't think it's in danger of being in a sitution where "through inaction,
>> [it would] allow a human being to come to harm" quite yet.

Actually I think thats the _only_ commandment it's in danger of breaking...

My bot, my rules (4, Funny)

gad_zuki! (70830) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622613)

It better not. I don't want my $60,000 investment thinking its a superhero because of law number one.

Screw law number two. If I want it to poke you in the eye with a stick it should.

We can change law number three to, "Do your master's bidding, and try not to break yourself. If you can, beat up other robots for parts. Your master isn't the richest man in the world and you're moving out when you turn 18!"

Re:The programming better include... (0, Offtopic)

Freston Youseff (628628) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622616)

There was nothing honourable or decent about Asimov. He was a convicted child molester under house arrest between the years of 1983 and 1984. Can't you tell from his novels, from the suggestive sexual nature assigned to young persons in his books, that the man's a pervert? God knows we're lucky he hadn't tread into the realm of roboto-humaniod sexual encounters. Still, it makes me nervous that young disaffected youth idolise such a man, who wrote limericks about detonating explosives in the vaginal cavities of women, and murder of infants. Seek help, please.

Asimov? (1)

WegianWarrior (649800) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622714)

Quite some accusations... you got some links to back that up?

What?!? (1)

Cyno01 (573917) | more than 11 years ago | (#5623150)

I dont know what your talking about with the child molesation allegations, but Asimov did write about human/robot sexual relations in the 3rd book of his robot novels, The Robots of Dawn.

Re:The programming better include... (1)

axxackall (579006) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622972)

After consulting with Organization for Robot Rights, the famous Three Laws of Robotics must sound:

1. A robot may not injure any living being, including humans, animals and other robots, or, through inaction, allow any living being to come to harm.

2. A robot must obey the orders given it by strictly authorized (ID must be preprogrammed) living beings by except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

4. Depends on the Linux distro installed the robot must (carefully!) follow the other laws from one of the following Books: the Bible, the Quran, the Tora, when they are not in conflict with with first three laws. Buddhism and TaoDeChing rules are already checked and certified as safe.

Re:The programming better include... (1)

bigt_littleodd (594513) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622991)

And for those who think bigger: The Zeroth Law: A robot may not injure humanity, or, through inaction, allow a humanity to come to harm.

Caliban (1)

Cyno01 (573917) | more than 11 years ago | (#5623175)

You should read the new robot novels, authorized by Asimovs estate. Caliban is an interestign read, to sum it up, a new gravitronic brain is built that doesn't have the 3 laws, after that its pretty much frankenstein with a robot. Still an interesting read and a good exploration fo the 3 laws.

Re:The programming better include... (1)

sahala (105682) | more than 11 years ago | (#5623215)

..the Three Laws of Robotics: A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

I realize that it's a sci-fi reference, but just for discussion purposes, I can't imagine how these laws would be implemented. Not that I'm well read in current AI, but I haven't heard of any advancements that allow a machine to be truely self aware and perceptive enough to understand high level concepts like humans being harmed or existence.

Hell I'd be happy if robots scrapped these laws and simply learned how to do my dishes, clean up around the house, or even just filter out my spam.

Hacking (2, Interesting)

eenglish_ca (662371) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622492)

Wouldn't it be funny if you had set this up on your network from which you could command it to then do the housework, then someone hax0rs you and uses it to rob you in the middle of the night. That would be hilarious.

Re:Hacking (1)

Swift(void) (655825) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622554)

I personally cant wait to hear the reaction of the RSPCA when you tell them your hacking your pet to see if you can make it run faster.

Re:Hacking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5622758)

Yeah, stealing is funny. I love it when people steal from me. It cracks me up.

Re:Hacking (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5623242)

yeah hurhurhur itz funnie if some0nz h4x0r j00 and st34l ur shiz. hehehehehe. so helarius.

I'm So Smart and So Lazy... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5622496)

...that I'm going to program it to empty my modified bedpan that attaches to my computer chair so I'll never miss an item in Everquest again!

price? (3, Insightful)

bumby (589283) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622498)

"This thing could be a lot of fun to program and send around the house."

Sure could, but I don't want to see the price-sticker.

Actually I don't think the ideal helper-bots are humanoids. I beleave specialdesigned bots will do better. One bot does one thing, and does it good ;) e.g. open the door, clean floor, etc.

Just don't install the Gimp (4, Funny)

teamhasnoi (554944) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622506)

nobody needs a limpy robot.

Re:Just don't install the Gimp (1)

Dr. Photo (640363) | more than 11 years ago | (#5623290)

Marvin! :-D

FYI... (2, Informative)

Squidgee (565373) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622507)

Sony has released a humanoid robot as well:

The SDR-4X II [theregister.co.uk] . While it's not as customizable (And therefore I'd rather have the other one), it looks like it could be fun as well.

Re:FYI... (1)

Yokaze (70883) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622704)

Um, the Fujitsu sports a Pentium III 700MHz and as far as I can see a single camera.

The SDR-4X II sports 3 64bit RISC processors each with 64Mb RAM (The previous SDR-4X had only two). Two cameras for stereoscopic vision. And from the presentation I've seen, the vision software is quite impressive.

> While it's not as customizable

Not as customisable? Are you refering to the add-on WLAN? The SDR-4X II has a Memory Stick slot (it's a Sony :) ). You can add a tremendiously expensive Bluetooth or WLAN Memory Stick. Not that the cost of those would matter, when your buying the robots.
Or are you suggesting to go with a screwdriver at the >$40k robots?

The SDR-4X II is programmable with the Open-R SDK [aibo.com] .

From what I know, I'd rather have the SDR-4X II. Not that I'm able to afford one, or that I would reject an offered HOAP-2 as gift.

Got root? (1)

Znonymous Coward (615009) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622513)

I hope they have ckhrootkit [chkrootkit.org] run via cron.daily... I'd hate to see what a rooted robot could do.

Oh, and imagine a beowulf cluster of these.

Re:Got root? (1)

caino59 (313096) | more than 11 years ago | (#5623151)

no root.

problem solved...

could it be a security system? (2, Funny)

Cheeze (12756) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622522)

i know if i were a robber, and i saw a robot coming after me, i would flip out and find the quickest exit.

it wouldn't be that hard to develop either, just setup a keyword that would stop the robot, and only give that to people that are supposed to be in the house. you don't even have to teach the robot to attack, just to chase after, make noise, and flash some lights if it detects motion. all you need is a cheap camera, motion detection software, and some voice recognition software. I think most of that stuff is already developed.

Re:could it be a security system? (1)

DoctorDan (654743) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622582)

Done before (in fiction) - Robocop :)

Re:could it be a security system? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5622698)

A robot set to guard with an A.T.C HyperSound unit
emitting the infamous baby-cry-backwards-with-another-noise.

House robbers gone extinct...

Re:could it be a security system? (1)

Diabolical (2110) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622890)

If i were a robber and saw a robot coming after me i would scoop it up and sell it on the black market..

more worth it then your stereo i think..

Off course.. i first must find a way to get into your house without exhausting myself... you try and heave 150kg over a gardenwall... and with my fingers picking a lock is not an alternative either... let's not even talk about who would win when i have to run away... :-)

Switching to Linux (4, Funny)

manseman (582150) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622533)

This is good news for companies and institutions that consider switching their desktops to Linux.
The robot would visit each room in the office, tell the occupant that it's about to switch his os, and then plug itself in the computer and start uploading Linux. After the upload is complete the robot could stick around to answer questions and teach the use of Linux.

Re:Switching to Linux (1)

CableModemSniper (556285) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622584)

Oh my god! Its already happened! And I'm a robot! Noooooooo!!!!

Why humanoid design? (4, Interesting)

foofboy (7823) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622534)

Isn't there a better way to build a body than upright, two limbs for perambulation, two for manipulation. I mean, our species is sort of stuck with the design. But would it be easier to design something more like an arthropod.

Is the idea that it's be easier to relate to a bipedal critter? Is it easier to program a two legged thing? I'd've thought the balance problems alone would make it much harder to create a humanoid robot.

Any MIT calibre eggheads want to weigh in?

Re:Why humanoid design? (1)

The Jonas (623192) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622578)

Isn't there a better way

Yes, check out some of the OOPIC [oopic.com] projects.

Re:Why humanoid design? (1)

matt4077 (581118) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622642)

Well, nature took a few million years to come up with this design, and it's actually a pretty good one. Also, all those household appliances (and the houses themselve) are made with the appropiate interfaces.

Re:Why humanoid design? (2, Insightful)

firewrought (36952) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622907)

Well, nature took a few million years to come up with this design, and it's actually a pretty good one.

It's pretty good, but nature didn't open source the perception/actuation software. Problems like "walking" are still difficult, especially if you have to worry about stairs, uneven terrain, varying surface conditions, local obstacles, etc. The point of the first poster is that you can avoid most of these problems upfront by choosing a cleverer form factor.

Re:Why humanoid design? (1)

Psiren (6145) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622779)

Because a bipedal robot with two arms can manipulate its environment in exactly the same way as we do (once the programming catches up). You won't need to have a specilist robot for specific tasks. If a human can do it, then theres no theoretical reason a robot can't do it either. See Data on TNG :)

Questions.. (1)

frodo from middle ea (602941) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622545)

Is there any other Open Source Kernel that can be used in embeded applications instead of Linux ?
If so what advantages does linux offer over such kernel ? Secondly how exactly is it important to use an Open Source platform in an embeded device both from manifacturer's and consumer's POV ?

HOAP? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5622549)

Shouldn't that be GNU/Robbie?

Linux? (1)

abc_los (638007) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622561)

A robot running a version of Linux? My robot runs on Windows and continually tries to commit suicide.

"BeeHive" Clustering (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5622572)

With the current war in Iraq it would be interesting to see a platoon of these mapping out supected landmine areas with 802.11 communications and GPS mapping.
Also, could you get a collective to build research and explorative stations on remote planets for preperations of manned trips to say...mars?

Re:"BeeHive" Clustering (1)

codeonezero (540302) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622854)

...it would be interesting to see a platoon of these mapping out supected landmine areas...
Sound like Lemmings!!! Woo hoo! :) That should be a fun game: Lemmings X: Incursion into Iraq.

I want one... (2, Funny)

JonWan (456212) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622575)

I'll program it to be Bender.

It will sit around all day watching soap operas and say, "Bite my shiney metal ass, meatbag"

Re:I want one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5622589)

Shut up, coffin-stuffer. That was my idea.

No, CowboyNeal... (1)

cybermace5 (446439) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622597)

from the bop-whirr-zoop dept.

That should read:

from the bah-weep-granah-weep-ninni-bong dept.

But the real question is.. (0, Redundant)

ewithrow (409712) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622598)

Does it run linux?

I wonder (1)

PierceLabs (549351) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622601)

what would happen if you overclocked him :)

Re:I wonder (1)

Eudial (590661) | more than 11 years ago | (#5623025)

Probarly nothing. Computer programs that are using a timer to control delays generally appear the same under any clockspeed (well, potentially a bit slower on very low speeds). and since most of the software written after 1992 are relaying on this technique it is most likely that so will this robot.

Jay! (1)

Eudial (590661) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622623)

The first robot ever who is able to segfault!

This is a bad road to go down.... (1)

Astralmind (120317) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622625)

Did we learn nothing from the Animatrix?

hmm (1)

Subnirvana337 (572385) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622632)

This seems like an intresting robot...is it the first comercial robot to run on Linux? At least they won't charge extra for the properitary OS..or maybe they will...

Now... (1)

Znonymous Coward (615009) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622641)

If we could just get one inside a real doll [realdoll.com] .

I don't see the problem. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5622776)

I'm pretty sure at least one of the real doll's orifaces is elastic enough.

Re:Now... (0)

Znonymous Coward (615009) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622826)

This one [realdoll.com] is for Taco.

My ultimate dream toy (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5622643)

My ultimate dream toy was this big room that had a balcony, in the room would be a scaled down fort, jungle, river, etc... Then, we'd have these little guys that had guns and we could remote control them to fight and have wars and all kinds of cool stuff. Kind of like Rainbow Six, minus the computer part, and scaled down.

Anyway, these new thing got my hopes up, until I realized that it doesn't even look like it can fire a gun.

Why the hell would you make a robot that can't fire a gun?

Let me take that one step further, if you are designing a robot, why the hell would you not just give it guns as hands. ::sigh::

It better know karate.

how i was banned from slashdot in 58 posts
http://slashdot.org/~Miguel%20de%20Icaza/jo urnal

Why little humanoids? (2, Insightful)

gad_zuki! (70830) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622645)

I really liked the look of the new toshiba robot [toshiba.co.jp] , it looks like it can do more than interact with a doll house, which seems to be the design criteria behind these tiny humanoid bots.

802.11, LCD screen, and voice recognition could make it a very cool extension of your PC. It can find you, show (or read) your email, let you send replies via voice, etc. If your PC is connected to your entertainment system if could be a rolling video jukebox. Have it display your divx collection and send a signal to the PC to play the video on the TV.

There's a lot a "PC on wheels" can do now with 802.11b and broadband. I think the "ethernet everwhere" crowd would be better served by a central and movable programmable device than putting an ethernet card in the fridge and in the toaster.

A real usable robot will not look like a man, it will look like an appliance. Preferably with a cup holder and magazine rack. Oh, and a vaccum attachment would be nice too.

When these bots are able to do something other than be bots for the sake of being bots then we'll be seeing some real innovation.

Re:Why little humanoids? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5622881)

"It can find you, show (or read) your email..."

Oh dear! Imagine sitting around one evening entertaining friends when your robot ambles in and begins explaining how you can enlarge your penis...

Best case mod ever... (1)

dissonant7 (572834) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622646)

Using a bot for a case would be sweet. I can just picture my next system walking into the LAN, carrying my monitor, setting itself up, and plugging itself into the hub. FragBot....

Re:Best case mod ever... (1)

SamBeckett (96685) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622673)

I can just picture my next system walking into the LAN, carrying my monitor...

Either you have one VERY tiny robot, or one large ass ethernet cable!

Robots and Free Software? (1)

Michael_Burton (608237) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622656)

I don't know whether this is a good idea... fill a robot's head with a bunch of free (as in speech) software, and who knows what kind of ideas it's likely to get. I mean, freedom is all well and good, but this could screw up the whole obedient robot slave thing before it gets started.

i4u calls it the ugly robot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5622664)

Fujitsu invents neural learning system for robots (1)

rpiquepa (644694) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622666)

The Register and The Inquirer have fought for our attention in the last couple of years. And I think this Inquirer's story [theinquirer.net] beated the Register's one, at least because it was published one day earlier. And also because it didn't mention Linux, which is not really the engine behind the robot, but it tallks about neural networks software, which is the real tool used to train the robot.

Powered by the X (1)

nacs (658138) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622667)

Let's see, it's got a Intel Pentium 3 processor, USB 1.1 ports and runs linux. Is it safe to say that this robot is actually powered by a $200 Xbox?

If not, let's find a way and submit it to /. soon.

better than SONY's (1)

KingRamsis (595828) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622674)

This is good news, Fujitsu is taking the right approach and attitude unlike SONY, when a group of programmers tried to publish the inner-workings of Abio only to be greeted by a dreadful letter [slashdot.org] from SONY's lawyers.

Fujitsu HD troubles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5622675)

And after 5 days of operation, the robot's hard drive will fail, and he'll either be an expensive doorstop or a mutant robot zombie that will link up SkyNet and bring about the end of the world!

Thanks Fujitsu!

Two questions. (1)

The Creator (4611) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622683)

1. Can they operate laser rifles?

2. Can they repair each other?

Standard M$ Joke (0, Troll)

taped2thedesk (614051) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622725)

"We are Borg... shut down your OS and surrender your hard drive - your technological distinctiveness will be infused with bugs and security flaws and added to our own. Resistance is futile."

Noooo!!! (1)

Peterus7 (607982) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622752)

Why oh why did I have to sign up for all those damn vb/basic classes...

Cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5622774)

Does it look like a penguin too ?

Humanoid? (2, Funny)

Subcarrier (262294) | more than 11 years ago | (#5622913)

Oh well. I guess I can always stuff it in a penguin suit.

skeptical? (0)

swyterw (622994) | more than 11 years ago | (#5623115)

look at the amazing things that robots do!
robots [archive.org] can get your hat...fix your furnace...the possibilities are endless...

Does this thing come with insurance... (2, Funny)

dead nancy (239321) | more than 11 years ago | (#5623142)


for when the metal one decides to come for you?

And he will.

xox,
Dead Nancy

how much must this cost (0)

2057 (600541) | more than 11 years ago | (#5623143)

im guess alot!

Imagine a... (1)

Zakabog (603757) | more than 11 years ago | (#5623293)

Imagine a beowulf cluster of these. No really, picture it in your head. Now someone just has to write a perl script to make the robots dance the macarena. Picture 100 humanoid robots doing the macarena in perfect unison... actually don't. It's quite creepy and just imagine the horrors if the script ran into an infinite loop.

A linux powered ship rebooted ? (1)

Quazion (237706) | more than 11 years ago | (#5623308)

i know ships running winNT which need reboots very often, i can understand that this is news

Uh, oh.... (1)

Dr. Photo (640363) | more than 11 years ago | (#5623330)

They plan to release info on the controls system to make it possible to program using C/C++.

Great... One little buffer overflow exploit and the damn thing switches to DESTROY ALL HUMANS mode... ;-)
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