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Wired: LinuxWorld Opens Hunting Season

Aug 05, 2003, 16:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Robots will be hunting penguins at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo this week.

"The robots aren't part of some nefarious plot to replace Linux's cuddly mascot, Tux, with a fiercer emblem. The bots will be conducting demonstration search-and-rescue missions.

"During the demos at LinuxWorld, the Linux-running Centibots, developed by SRI International and funded by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, will be shown a stuffed penguin, which will then be hidden within an obstacle course. The first team, composed of mapping robots with laser-range finders, will scan and chart the maze-like course and attempt to locate the hidden penguin. They will then issue orders over a wireless command center network to the team of tracking robots. The tracker team will then be set loose to search for and, hopefully, rescue the beleaguered penguin..."

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