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News & Observer: Embracing Open-Source Computing

Mar 21, 2002, 19:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Kane)

[ Thanks to Ernest Pecounis for this link. ]

"To understand why N.C. State University is a hotbed for open-source computing, watch eight duck-shaped robots learn to recognize one another as they navigate a maze in a campus lab.

"Half the robots are green; the rest are red. Each uses a camera eye to avoid the maze's black walls, to find same-color robots and to wheel away from different-color robots.

"They report what they see through a wireless network that NCSU students and professors can tap into anywhere. To change the mission -- say, to have the green robots cozy up to the red ones -- a student can type commands into a computer that will transmit them back to the robots..."

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