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The White Box Robotics Model 914 PC-BOT

White Box Robotics Model 914 PC-BOT

The cheapest and easiest robot to build and program is obviously the PC-based bot, so why not slap a white box computer on wheels, give it some webcam eyes and Windows controller apps, and let it go wild oppressing humanity, or more likely, serving drinks, ala Short Circuit? (Gotta give White Box Robotics credit for at least being self-referential.) The $1,600 Model 914 PC-BOT runs Windows, though, but there’s no reason we can think of that you couldn’t load it up with Linux and your favorite AI, TTS, and speech recognition apps to keep you company on those lonely summer nights ahead.

[Via NY Times]


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1. Posted May 14, 2005, 7:02 PM ET by iPodTodd

But can I program it to clean my toilet?!

2. Posted May 14, 2005, 7:31 PM ET by Darnell Clayton

Perhaps when I can afford it I'll use it as my personal "R2-D2." Although a "C3-PO" would be more preferable.

3. Posted May 14, 2005, 7:54 PM ET by boss sauce

Darnell-- just think of the time you'll save locating friends and relatives and not having to wait for elevators...

4. Posted May 14, 2005, 8:29 PM ET by iPodTodd

But can I program it to clean my toilet?!

5. Posted May 14, 2005, 10:11 PM ET by _victor

I'm really hoping robotics moves quickly into our homes. There are signs of this, indicated here on Engadget lately (not as much since PT disappeared tho)... But naming a critter "Model 914 PC-Bot" is not the way to enlightened anthropromorphism.

How about Happy or Cubey or even Roboticus? Or in celebration of a quarter century of mediocrity: DOSBot.

Don't forget to program this thing to scream EXTERMINATE! whenever your British friends come over...

6. Posted May 15, 2005, 1:12 AM ET by Michael Ripley

Robots already in use everywhere...

Marshall Brain (yes, that's his name) founder of has written a couple of interesting essays about robotics in the future, well worth reading. He feels that it is quite plausible that over the next 40 years robots will displace most human jobs. According to Brain's projections, in his essay "Robotic Nation", humanoid robots will be widely available by 2030. They will replace jobs currently filled by people for work such as fast-food service, housecleaning and retail sales. Unless ways are found to compensate for these lost jobs, Brain estimates that more than 50% of Americans could be unemployed by 2055 – replaced by robots.

7. Posted May 15, 2005, 2:16 AM ET by Permanent4

"Exterminate! Exterminate!"

8. Posted May 15, 2005, 2:47 AM ET by furtim

Oh, those silly Daleks. They're so cheerful when they're exterminating!

9. Posted May 15, 2005, 2:23 PM ET by VWT

What would you do with it, seriously?

10. Posted May 15, 2005, 5:07 PM ET by MicheleM

R2D2 son...

11. Posted May 15, 2005, 8:51 PM ET by Brandon

i have the same Q. as one of the guys asked
What would you do with it, seriously?

12. Posted May 16, 2005, 11:13 AM ET by Helo

Is that really a robot or just a hideous new boombox?

13. Posted Jun 1, 2005, 7:58 PM ET by rpanic

It looks like a cool case mod with wheels. It needs a arm or something to grab and move things.




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