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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."

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