Tonight we went and saw Elf. The kids loved it, but there wasn't any
Jesus came as a baby to bring Salvation message in it *cough*the real
Christmas*cough* so I didn't care
for the movie as much as they did. Well anyway, while on the way out
of the theatre I saw a poster for the
new IRobot movie. I know that this isn't earthshattering news, but
hey, the IRobot movie
now has its own website according to the poster. Actually, the
probably been around a while but, well, I finally just noticed it, so
I thought I'd
share. Looking at the website, I wonder if they're trying to do some
sor of weird before the movie stuff like the AI movie did? Like what
does it really mean when they say, "What are you going to do with
yours?" Also, In other movie news, now that Arnold Swartzenegger is
now gov of CA anyone want to take a guess as to whether the remake of
WestWorld is still a go? I'm guessing
probably not but one can still have some elf holiday spirit hope,
Early 2003 20th Centry Fox scoured the internet looking for unique hobby
robots to use in the I Robot filming. Somehow they stumbled across my
Johnny and called me to see if I wanted to make some money off it.
At first I thought it was a hoax, then I thought "well, it's probably
some documentary", but when I looked it up, to my surprize it's a
feature film that stars Will Smith! I am honored to be one of the guys
who was selected. I had to send my robots (yes two) to Canada for a
month, but it's very cool to think that my little ole robot will be on
the big screen with the likes of Will Smith and Bridget Moynahan. To top
it off, I was paid well and was able to create my Biped with the
proceeds from that deal.
Yes... I am anxious for the films release on July 16th 2004, I'm sure
it will be better than ELF.
The web site for the film is quite cleverly done and it fooled me for a
while until I started looking at some of the applications such as
washing cars and taking the dog for a walk. Even menial tasks such as
those are completely beyond current robotics technology.
The fact that it fooled me does show that we probably aren't too far
away from that sort of technology though. One of the critical
components needed to get there is an accruate perception system capable
of building 3D models and playing out imagined scenarios. A couple of
technologies to watch out for are Moravec's Seegrid company and the 3D
laser ranging system developed at Frauhofer
http://www.ais.fraunhofer.de/ARC/kurt3D/ Initially these technologies
will be very expensive, but if the sensors can be produced as an easy
to install package for under $500 then then some very interesting mass
market applications will become possible.
Very cool topazx2. I'll be watching for your robot in the movie! Way
Other goofy questions...
Does your robot have an attitude, want his own trailer, wants a bowl
of red and blue m&m's only, and wear star glasses now? Do robots have
a casting couch?
Yes, Johnny has been acting a little strange since he's been back. He
even asked for his own M&M
sorting Robot Pal to seperate out the red and green M&Ms.
He picked up a few new habits after hanging with Will too, he goes
around Rapping to the tune of Wild Wild West.