Sunday, September 9, 2007

Site note

Just FYI, updates will be erratic this week, leading up to the Neurobotics program. SfN poster + analysis, Rome presentation, prelim, analysis (boatloads), etc etc etc.

In the meantime, here's Brian Brain. Why? No idea. But I can't just post a site note without some incentive to keep reading! Actually, it is pretty cool:
The robotic brain includes the following features packed into its colour changing matter:

A complete edition of The Britannica Concise Encyclopedia, an English dictionary and a world history timeline. Further, Brian will respond to verbal prompts, initiate conversations and build a profile of the user from their responses. An onboard database can store telephone numbers; the bot can then be hooked up to a phone line to act as a telephone. Dialing by voice command or by direct input via the keyboard is possible and inbuilt speakers act as the sound output device during a call. The same speakers can also be used to playback your tunes, by connecting your MP3 player. The robot stands a fairly large 13.75"x11.75"x10" and is powered by three AAA batteries. The do-it-all device will ship on 21/09/07 and will retail at $119.95.

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