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Jun 17, 2003, 02:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"It all began when software engineer Dennis Koch, sitting with a wireless laptop in a restaurant located in part of the building occupied by Smart Robots, maker of the Smart Robots SR4 Autonomous Mobile Robot, fired off an email to Smart4, one of two wireless SR5 robots in the test. Koch's email requested the temperatures at both the office and the home of Joe Bosworth, his company's CEO, who lives about a mile away.

"Moments later, Smart4, located in Bosworth's office, received the message and shot back a reply to Koch with five rapid-fire readings from its temperature sensor. Smart4 then sent a similar message to a second SR4 robot, Watson, located in Bosworth's home. (Incidentally, in case you haven't already grasped the momumental nature of this occasion, Watson is named after Thomas A. Watson, the assistant to Alexander Graham Bell who received Bell's first successful experimental phone message back in 1876.)

"Watson, receiving the message from Smart4, sent back a set of five temperature readings to Koch, who was still sitting with his laptop in the restaurant. The whole exchange took but a few moments, from when Koch sent the initial message to Smart4."

"And history was made..."

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