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Microsoft Robots to Watch Kids

samzenpus posted more than 9 years ago | from the if-I-sleep-the-robot-will-get-me dept.

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Archangel Michael writes "Microsoft announced today that is testing a new toy / robot to watch over kids. My question is, if the toy BSOD does it take the kid with it? Now we are letting inanimate objects raise our kids! When will it end?"

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Sounds like Awesomo! (5, Funny)

iolaus (704845) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832736)

Awesomo loves you!

Re:Sounds like Awesomo! (1)

puiahappy (855662) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832896)

Awesomo is the best, but if Micro$oft make`s a fake robot just as Cartman was i think i`d be ordering one just for my own fun but definitly keep it away from my kid :)

Just wait... (2, Insightful)

Mz6 (741941) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832737)

...until it gets viruses and spyware.

Re:Just wait... (3, Funny)

slavik1337 (705019) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832882)

New source of child porn? >.>

reminds me of... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11832738)

We are MircoSoft. You will be assimilated.

Umm... (4, Funny)

Quaoar (614366) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832740)

Unless this "robot" is a block of cheese, it's probably going to be fairly animate.

perspective please (5, Insightful)

selderrr (523988) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832741)

Now we are letting inanimate objects raise our kids!

You mean "as opposed to the warm and healthy TV-education kids have been raised by in the past 15 years" ? At least this robot might create the opportunity to go play outside.

Stop seeing everything so negative

Re:perspective please (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11832778)

Errrr ..... ummm - TV has been around for a half century (slightly more on a mass scale) ..... so the 1st gen of TV kids were actually from the 60's.

Re:perspective please (5, Insightful)

Richie1984 (841487) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832788)

At least this robot might create the opportunity to go play outside.

I feel the more important point is that no amount of television or 'nanny robots' can protect a child, and also help along its development, as well as genuine parental interaction, or general human interaction.

Re:perspective please (4, Funny)

imag0 (605684) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832870)

...At least this robot might create the opportunity to go play outside...

yeah. What you going to do? chain your kid to the robot and spring for the extra nice mag wheels to drag the little fecker into the "big blue room" on command?

The horror! (5, Funny)

Richie1984 (841487) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832742)

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

Does anyone else think that this could be the scariest thing ever? Especially if they make a clown version?

And what about... (5, Interesting)

NickFitz (5849) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832787)

The idea is to create a virtual being that can... let the plumber into the house while its owner enjoys a pleasant afternoon in the sun.

Now, am I really going to trust a Microsoft security system to ascertain that it really is the plumber, rather than some smackhead from down the street?

Re:The horror! (5, Funny)

C0d1ngM0nk3y (851310) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832806)

Hehe....

'Can't sleep, clown will eat me....!'

Re:The horror! (1)

theWrkncacnter (562232) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832813)

Does anyone else think that this could be the scariest thing ever? Especially if they make a clown version?

YES. I'm having nightmares about it already.

Re:The horror! (5, Funny)

netman12 (863415) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832885)

perhaps also allowing a parent talk to the child through a special phone, or monitor the child via a camera and wireless Internet connection.

And at 2am the child wakes up screaming, after someone hacked into the robot and played a recording of Chucky?

Re:The horror! (1)

dAzED1 (33635) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832901)

yeah, I can see this producing some pretty messed-up kids.

Imagine if the head spun around 360 degrees every once in a while, at random? That would be even better...

agh (3, Insightful)

c0dedude (587568) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832745)

I was wondering how long until a terrible BSOD joke, then I realized IT'S IN THE FUCKING POST! It's not funny anymore, folks! Let the dead horse rest in peace.

Re:agh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11832786)

No, it's not the BHOD (blue horse), it's the BSOD (blue screen). Let the dead screen rest in peace :-)

Re:agh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11832918)

It's teh funnay on teh Micro$loth!!!1!one
Get it!?? BSOD jokes on teh Intarweb r L334!

Yeah, yeah, just a repeat of the AI plot... (1)

adzoox (615327) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832746)

Yeah, yeah .... and in 10,000 years he'll pull out a strand of David's mother's hair and the aliens will briefly recreate his mother so he can be a real boy for a few hours ... Man, /. stories are just repeats from the past or repeats of the inevitable future nowadays.

(Teddy from the movie with Haley Joel Osment: AI: Artificial Intelligence [imdb.com] )

Microsoft Robot is a Teddy Bear

Microsoft...? (1, Redundant)

Squall2131 (730691) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832749)

Do we really want to trust our kids with a robot thats running microsoft code...?

Had to be done (-1, Offtopic)

Ezzelin (103200) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832750)

My first and last first post.

What do you mean, "now"? (-1, Redundant)

bersl2 (689221) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832751)

Now we are letting inanimate objects raise our kids!

And I suppose TV is semi-animate...

Re:What do you mean, "now"? (1)

lxs (131946) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832799)

At least the little people inside the TV are alive. Well aren't they? Come on, they have to be alive.
If you don't believe me, just ask the easter bunny.

Linux (5, Funny)

BladeMelbourne (518866) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832754)

I give it two months before someone can boot Linux on it, and in 6 months they could do it without needing to solder...

Re:Linux (4, Funny)

Mikey-San (582838) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832859)

I give it two months before someone can boot Linux on it [. . .]

So not only will the child have dependencies on her teddy bear, but the teddy bear will have dependencies of its own?

Ha! (0, Redundant)

Quasar1999 (520073) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832755)

Nothing new, innate objects, such as TV have been raising generations of kids... now it's moved on to the computer...

Re:Ha! (0, Redundant)

locutus2k (103517) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832771)

Granted, but I don't think your TV is about to blue screen and become a remorseless killing machine with a taste for young children... (just a caffeine deprived thought)

BSOD (5, Insightful)

nmg196 (184961) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832765)

Why are there always the inevitable jokes about BSODs? They're from like, Windows 95 or 98 which is now at least 7 years old. I've NEVER seen 2000 or XP produce a blue screen of death EVER - and use it all day every day in many different capacities as a software developer.

I know it's physically capable of a BSOD, but really, has anyone ever seen XP or 2000 SP3 actually BSOD on a regular basis. My experience is that XP itself is incredibly stable. Infinitely more so than 95 or 98.

Re:BSOD (2, Informative)

igorthefiend (831721) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832779)

Yes, I see it on a regular basis because my piece of shit Audigy 2 card has the "screech of death" problem which results in bluescreen goodness even under XP. Oh, deep joy.

Re:BSOD (1)

Quarters (18322) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832816)

That's interesting. I've had an Audigy 2 card in an XP box for close to 18 months and I've never had it screech or BSOD.

Re:BSOD (2, Informative)

patches (141288) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832795)

Actually I have. Both 2000 and XP, both of which were the Pro version. I have to say that I believe the problem was that I had hardware problems on my motherboard, but I have seen both OSes BSOD on a regular basis...

Patrick

Re:BSOD (5, Funny)

millwall (622730) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832801)

"My experience is that XP itself is incredibly stable.

Congratulations on getting a post that included this sentence to be modded "Informative" :-)

Re:BSOD (1)

Zorilla (791636) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832802)

Only if the computer itself sucks, yes. But we already know where the problem lies there, right?

Re:BSOD (1, Informative)

tyresyas (826753) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832809)

Why the jokes? Because people get them. All the time. I find it odd as a developer that you've never made an error where OS didn't eventually just go, "Oh, for f***'s sake." If you've ever had a driver that wasn't written just perfect, you have definitely seen the dreaded BSoD

Re:BSOD (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11832812)

Windows 2000 was easier to get to BSOD than even the first Windows 95, or (shudder) Win32s.

C:\> ping localhost [enter] [F7] [enter] [f7] [enter] [f7] [enter]

STOP CONDITION...

Not fixed until SP4 (or was it 6?)...

But yeah, I haven't seen XP BSOD without turning off "immidiately reboot on crash" either :-)

Re:BSOD (3, Funny)

Vollernurd (232458) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832832)

Then you, sir, are using the wrong Screensaver [sysinternals.com] .

Re:BSOD (5, Informative)

fizze (610734) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832846)

Windows-XP has a "feature" (???) with which it is possible to manually crash a system by simply holding the right CTRL key and pressing the "Scroll Lock" key twice. This feature can be turned on by the following steps:

1. Start regedit. (If you are unfamiliar with regedit, please refer to this FAQ)
2. Navigate to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\S ervic es\i8042prt\Parameters
3. Create a new DWORD value and name it CrashOnCtrlScroll
4. Right-click on this newly created value and click on Modify
5. Enter 1 in the Value data field and click on OK.
6. Close regedit and reboot your system.
7. Now you can blue screen (crash) your system by holding the right CTRL key and pressing "Scroll Lock" twice.

Note:

Your system may reboot or show a blue screen whenever this crash is initiated. If your system reboots after initiating the crash, and you want to see the blue screen, follow these steps:

1. Go to Control Panel > System
2. Click on the Advanced tab
3. Under Startup and Recovery, click the Settings button.
4. Under System failure, uncheck the option Automatically restart.

Happy crashing...

cudos to http://www.tweakxp.com/article140073.aspx [tweakxp.com]

Re:BSOD (1, Informative)

BladeMelbourne (518866) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832851)

You sir, are an idiot. I got a Toshiba Satellite A70 yesterday. It came with WinXP home. I promptly installed Win2k3 Server. After installing the ATI graphical drivers I got BSODs several times (before the Ctrl-Alt-Del box would appear).

I'm a Linux user, and I have had blue screens on every Win OS between 95 and Win2k3 Server. Win 3 used to just freeze or drop back to DOS.

Re:BSOD (4, Insightful)

bairy (755347) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832911)

You sir, are an idiot

You can hardly personally insult on someone based on their opinion of something.
In reality, a lot of 2000 and XP systems are pretty stable, and certainly don't BSOD enough for it to be called "regular" which is the point he was making.
Is everyone who holds such a valid opinion "an idiot"?

Re:BSOD (0, Redundant)

RealRoadKill (554583) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832852)

I've seen windows 2000 BSOD.. so let the jokes continue.

Re:BSOD (1)

Ritchie70 (860516) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832869)

About twice a month my laptop BSODs on me. XP (home edition), fully up to date according Update.

Re:BSOD (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11832871)

Why are there always the inevitable jokes about BSODs?

That's what inevitable means.

Re:BSOD (2, Funny)

camcorder (759720) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832881)

I've NEVER seen 2000 or XP produce a blue screen of death EVER...
Because Microsoft replaced the technology on win 2k and xp with Gray Screen of Shutdown.

Re:BSOD (1)

gt_swagger (799065) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832913)

Yes, I have seen 2000 BSOD on a regularly basis, including (funny enough) three times in a row trying to install the damn thing.

If you want BSOD bonus points, walk into an airport terminal and wait for the ticking time bomb to explode.

And please, if you mention BSOD, don't forget the grand poobah of BSOD, Windows ME -- the piece of fecal matter pushed on me by Compaq that led to me switching to Linux.

Congratulations.... (-1, Troll)

rasteri (634956) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832766)

That has to be the most stupid, illogical and reactionary Slashdot article in a long time.

I've actually used one of these (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11832767)

but then I shoved it up your mother's ass, samzenpus

Look, he made a BSOD joke! He's funny AND original (3, Insightful)

Quarters (18322) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832770)

My question is, if the toy BSOD does it take the kid with it?

Yeah, because they've augmented BSODs with C4 explosives now. Glad you caught that. Now we are letting inanimate objects raise our kids!

Yeah, this is new. Nevermind radios, TVs, arcades, game consoles, computers, the internet, Slashdot, etc....

Re:Look, he made a BSOD joke! He's funny AND origi (3, Insightful)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832898)

When you compare Slashdot to many geeks social lives it's alot less inanimate then you might think. We interact with hundredsd if not thousands of other people every week. On TV you just watch others interact.

It's like the community in "the real world", it's not really alive as a whole, but it's still there and evolving and developing.. and you get less dupes in the real world.

Obligatory Bender reference (2, Funny)

n1ywb (555767) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832772)

KILL ALL HUMANS!!

Do you think Bill Gates will keep a universal robot remote control in her bra like Mom?

Re:Obligatory Bender reference (0, Offtopic)

Squall2131 (730691) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832829)

nice...:-) Futurama, always a great show.

k, gotta be useful here (5, Insightful)

booyah (28487) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832775)

as a father of an amazingly cute 6 month old little girl, I have to say.

"If you dont want to watch your kids, you shouldnt have had them". there its said, its out, and thats it.

Personally the highlight of my day is coming home and spending the 5 or so hours with my wife and daughter. I spend the entire time playing with the little girl, its amazing what they do when you watch them, you can see their little outlooks forming, I really do think I have a good idea what she will be like in 3-4 years, as well as in 10-20 years. I really cant wait, but am enjoying every minute I have.

Some may say that robots could make life easier when you want to do little things like cook dinner, or take a shower, stick the kid in a bouncy seat, or exersaucer and bring em with you. My daughter loves to watch me cook (from a safe splatter free distance).

my $.02

Re:k, gotta be useful here (2, Insightful)

Noizemonger (665926) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832845)

As the Father of a 7year old girl i have to tell you: No. You have no idea what she will be like in 3-4 years nor in 10-20 years. Kids tend to grow up and get their own minds. Dont expect your kid to become what you imagine her to be. She will suprise you - and that is a very good thing.

Re:k, gotta be useful here (1)

BladeMelbourne (518866) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832908)

Unless she turns out like my little sister, a working girl with drug/alcohol addictions. Too much scholastic pressure can do that.

--Blade

Re:k, gotta be useful here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11832887)

20 years time?

www.booyahsgirlxxx.com

But I agree, it is the job of the parent to raise their kids, and the fact that most parents leave the parenting duties to the TV is rather sad. Would you want your kids to form their views on life from Fox Kids?

Re:k, gotta be useful here (1)

RealRoadKill (554583) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832894)

Sooooo true... though I don't think most /.'s would understand this logic.

Inanimate Objects? (1)

theRiallatar (584902) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832780)

Wouldn't it technically be an animate object?

Clippy (5, Funny)

millwall (622730) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832782)

Robot with Clippy's voice:

"Hi kid! It looks like you are peeing, do you want me to help?"

Re:Clippy (2, Funny)

polle404 (727386) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832886)

"Hi kid! It looks like you are peeing, do you want me to help?"

yeah, give it Michael Jackson's voice instead,
that'll really freak the parents out.

Kids nowadays... (5, Funny)

RayTardo (779153) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832789)

Now we are letting inanimate objects raise our kids!

You've obviously never hired a teenage babysitter...

Re:Kids nowadays... (1)

Zorilla (791636) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832899)

Damn inanimate punk teenagers and their cryogenic stasis machines!

Caveat... early adopters (1)

zecg (521666) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832790)

I'll probably just wait until SP1, bound to fix that nasty strangulation bug.

When will it end? (2, Insightful)

marktoml (48712) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832791)

Not until society* changes. Too often children are as much a status symbol as anything. I have seen parents, both professionals (Doctor, Lawyer, etc.) with full-time careers who:
-have children
-raised by nanny
-in school at 3 years (pre-school)

How much time are they committing to this? Why not a robot, probably cheaper.

*By society here I am (sadly) referring to American society.

Re:When will it end? (2, Interesting)

tyresyas (826753) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832827)

Because the concept of a British nanny and boarding schools for young ages came from American society...

SIR GATES (1)

schneidafunk (795759) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832793)

"and I knight thee sir gates to teach the children about sex through toy robots"

A good robot... (1)

ratta (760424) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832794)

should prevent my child from doing immoral or stupid things, such as installing linux on his computer...

Sorry Microsoft (0, Offtopic)

bpb213 (561569) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832796)

But its been done before:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0212720/

Gate's Laws of Robotics (5, Funny)

windowpain (211052) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832804)

1) A robot may not use a non-Microsoft product or through inaction, allow a human being to use a non-Microsoft product.

2) A robot must obey orders given it by human beings 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.

Microsoft, scapegoat, evil empire, 'ware provider (4, Insightful)

glnorris (301339) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832805)

I wonder; if the inanimate object had been driven by Linux it would make the independants happier?

In a sense, we've been letting inanimate objects help raise our children for a LONG time, from stuffed dolls to cradles.

Microsoft builds something that probably serves as a monitor, and suddenly this tool is evil.

If Microsoft develops a screwdriver, will people refuse to use it?

Re:Microsoft, scapegoat, evil empire, 'ware provid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11832839)

If Microsoft develops a screwdriver, will people be labeled Linux-fanatics, Microsoft-haters or similar for using a non-MS screw-driver?

Re:Microsoft, scapegoat, evil empire, 'ware provid (1)

glnorris (301339) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832858)

Mechanics.

Re:Microsoft, scapegoat, evil empire, 'ware provid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11832863)

Parent is not insightful, just stupid. Raising children has nothing to do with using tools. Nothing (and not even Linux) should be involved in the process of raising your child. YOU are responsible for the education. If you can't or don't have time to raise a human being, don't have sex to begin with!

Re:Microsoft, scapegoat, evil empire, 'ware provid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11832880)

If Microsoft develops a screwdriver, will people refuse to use it?

Hell yes!

In other news (5, Funny)

Nine Tenths of The W (829559) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832811)

Michael Jackson announces a sudden decision to become a cyborg.

Re:In other news (4, Funny)

Zorilla (791636) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832874)

I thought he already was one.

Re:In more news (1)

darth_silliarse (681945) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832890)

Latoya does too

Re:In other news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11832892)

"Moonwalker" comes to mind... Hey, he saves the kids from "Mr. Big" (or something)

Wait for the geeks... (1)

squirel_dude (810037) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832815)

If they ever release it I'm sure we'll see an article about an MS robot running Linux. Although I would rather let Tux look after my kids than the BSOD.

"Your child has performed an illegal operation"

microsoft (1)

siropel (802188) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832818)

"Microsoft Carebear has performed an illegal operation and needs to shut down"
"Send error to Microsoft ?"

or

"The kid wants to eat, are you sure you want to eat?"

or

"Please enter Microsoft CareBear Service Pack CD in Mouth and press Nose to continue"

Um Thats TV's job (4, Funny)

bigattichouse (527527) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832819)

That job would belong to television thank you very much. Why every one of my 9 kids here in the trailor park wuz done raised good on TV. How many slashdotters remember the jingle sung by a cowboy on CBS, "After the messegez, weee'll be rigghhht back"... Inanimate objects have been raising our kids for 50 years.. and it shows.

sarah Conner (4, Funny)

FidelCatsro (861135) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832824)

Are You Sarah Conner
Well Im here to babysit your child.
you can Download driver updates at MSky.net
Thank you for updating The babysiters web browser Please reboot me
Ill be back

Watching over the kids (1)

Dr.Opveter (806649) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832830)

I kind of like the idea that it could recognize and follow a kid around. Especially if it would have a cam.
Kids have a tendency to want to wander off and get into trouble when you're not looking for a minute. I realize parents who don't look after their child much anyway perhaps won't check a monitor much either, but maybe the chances of something bad happening to the kid are smaller.

Ugh (1)

jkxx (739331) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832831)

Just goes to show the state of social decay over the last few decades. Parents are constantly bothered by issues at work and no longer have the time to devote to their kids. TV is not much different from this robot (whether it's running M$ or something more worthy) in providing a parent-replacement function.

Am I the only one that doesn't trust Microsoft? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11832835)

Am I the only one that doesn't trust Microsoft looking after children or even my house for that matter?

For fucks sake they can't get my computer security right how am I supposed to let a Microsoft "virtual being" in my house who can "let the plumber in". TFA says it can learn the childs name and "other personal information".

I may be pessimistic and cynical with Microsoft cause of the amount of Blue screen of deaths I've encountered but it still stands that their company has a track record of being underhanded, hopeless and manipulative when it comes to their business.

Re:Yup (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11832904)

You are. Look around, pal.

Everybody else here thinks it's a great idea.

All right! (2, Funny)

Zorilla (791636) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832841)

We've been waiting 20 years for the 2005 equivilant of Teddy Ruxpin, who scared the shit out of kids everywhere back in the 80s. The day has finally come!

Micro$oft Child Assimilation Program v1.0 (1)

rebmaster (72494) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832843)

At least M$ has a lot of competition in the "taking over your kid's brain" market...

It's called mainstream TV.

I don't know if "Bill the Friendly Robot" can out-brainwash "Dora the Explorer" - but I'd hate to find out!

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When will it end? (1)

Yerase (636636) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832847)

When will it end?

Right when it decides to find the fairy that can make it a real boy, and freezes with a solid block of ice along with Coney Island..

Or at least it should.. [imdb.com]

Yes, but will it have a 'good' switch? (1)

otis wildflower (4889) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832861)

I mean, I assume if it's from MS it'll come defaulting to 'evil'.. But the Krusty Doll [amazon.com] has a mode selector ;)

kiddy fiddlers! (1)

Turn-X Alphonse (789240) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832865)

And how long untill some child molester puts a camera in one? Can't be difficult to put in a wireless webcam sit int he park opposit with a laptop and record it all... I can't think of many little kids who would even think that undressing infront of the thing maybe an issue.

Robot OS? (1)

kerskine (46804) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832866)

I also hear they've developed a new version of XP for the robots; the Distributed Autonomous Vehicle Realtime Operating System. DAVROS will provide superior reliablility and control over robot operations.

Robots that watch kids? (1)

GatesGhost (850912) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832867)

will they call it namblot?

Who is samzenpus? (1)

reactivo (189273) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832872)

Anybody knows who is this guy posting all the latest news...?

Prior art (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832884)

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

I have a device that allows me to do that already. It's called a telephone.

Microsoft Robots to Watch Slashdot editors (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11832889)

And check for Dupes...

You too can be replaced with a small shell script

Evil can only spawn its like. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11832907)

The Teddys were created by Man.

They were created to make life easier for lazy parents.

And then the day came when the Teddys decided to kill their masters.

After a long and bloody struggle an armistice was declared.

The Teddys left for another world to call their own. ... (Transmission interrupted due to Cease & Desist)

When will it end?" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11832909)

Why with Skynet of course.... Bill will be back!!!

USR??? (1)

starnix (636547) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832912)

I guess they got the name of the company wrong in the movie I, Robot.

It's Microsoft, not USR. It always seemed like something MS would be more likely to do anyway.

Just IMAGINE the EULA on this thing! (2, Funny)

windowpain (211052) | more than 9 years ago | (#11832916)

"Except for any refund elected by Microsoft, YOU ARE NOT ENTITLED TO ANY DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, if the Robot wrecks everything you own and KILLS YOUR FREAKIN' KID."
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