BW: Robot Prices Plummet, Turning Sci-fi Into FactMar 08, 2000, 14:22 (1 Talkback[s])
"ActivMedia Robotics Makes Intelligent Waiters & Talking Tour Guides Feasible."
"... ActivMedia's PeopleBot... breaks the price barrier restraining human-interaction robotics development. Because of PeopleBot, engineers and programmers will now be able to transform expectations created by science fiction into actual technological fact."
"ActivMedia Robotics, LLC announced this week their first run of PeopleBot platforms for customers in Germany, Japan, UK and the US."
"Programmable by any talented C/C++ programmer, under Linux or WIN98..."
"PeopleBot senses its environment through sonar, motor encoders, bump sensors, vision, sound and/or laser range-finder. Its Saphira Robotic Development Environment, created by SRI's Artificial Intelligence Center, provides basic navigation software. Speech integration, color-tracking and other plug-ins are available. All PeopleBot software is transparent to C/C++. Vertical-market specialists and other value-added resellers are expected to use PeopleBot as a base for applications for target markets such as business promotions, monitoring and entertainment."