Android OS Now Used To Drive Real Robots
Apr 16, 2010, 04:03 (0 Talkback[s])
[ Thanks to John Carl
Villanueva for this link. ]
"For those wondering about the propriety of the name
"Android" as a mobile device operating system, wonder no more
because its real purpose has finally been revealed. It's really an
operating system for robots.
"Android is the term used to describe a humanoid robot, i.e., a
robot that looks like a human being. So when Google started using
it for their operating system for smartphones, some critics
couldn't help but snigger. They deemed it too bold a term to be
used for the impressive but intellectually-limited devices.
"Apparently, we have underestimated these little gadgets. If you
think about it, they've got enough features to make up a robot.
Practically all of them are now sensitive to touch; they've got
built-in cameras for vision; a mic and speaker for listening and
talking; accelerometers to make them sensitive to motion; GPS to
determine their current locations; WiFi and Bluetooth for wireless
communications; and many more."