"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."
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