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Deskoid Robotic PC System is a techno tower of Babel
In my capacity as VIA Robotics Program Manager one of the
major ideas we are trying to convince the robotic community
of is the need for x86 architecture. We have a vested
interest in this idea of course but also we believe the
standards, connectivity options, processing power and
pricing are right for the robotics industry. Because VIA's
design principals also include small, fanless, low power
drawing properties, we believe we have the edge over other
x86 solution providers.
While there are many different robotic design and concept
possibilities that can be based around x86 architecture one
of the interesting categories that is slowly emerging is
that of the PC-Bots. While many robots are designed to do a
particular task, PC-Bots do what you PC does and then extend
its functionality by adding a few robotic touches. White Box
Robotics 912 series of robots due out later this year,
are a perfect example. RoboDynamics will likely be coming out this year
with a Robotic Personal Assistant that is also based around
a PC platform.
Wayne Chiang has given the PC-Bot concept a lot of thought
and has come up with his own unique approach developing what
he calls a Deskoid Robotic PC, which marries the PC,
robotics and the desk itself to create a useful,
multifunctional tool that he feels may introduce the
furniture industry into robotics. The Deskoid Robotic PC
would take advantage of several well developed PC based
technologies such as web cams, VOIP (Skype for instance) to
further enhance its functionality. The Deskoid Robotics PC
would be used for remote security monitoring, long distance
eLearning, AV-appliance integration, mobile
videoconferencing or even robotic photography.
The Deskoid Robotics PC has its own blog/website that is
an illustrated guide through the design and
conceptualization process of this truly unique PC-Bot.
A briefer Chinese version of the website can be found here.
I haven't posted a diary entry for a while and a lot has happened regarding robotics.
1. Firstly there has been a slight delay in the release of the VIA Nano-ITX boards to the general population. It looks like its going to be a couple more months. Nano-ITX Press Release
2. I'm quite proud of the fact that Popular Science Magazine has listed me on their website as the robotics advisor for their "Geek Chorus". Always loved that magazine as a kid (and now!) Geek Chorus
3. www. mobilerobotics.org audience has grown quite large thanks to the robotics enthusiasts like yourself.
4. I'm writing an article for Servo magazine (should be in next, next months issue).
I like your attitude Poo!
If everyone thought like that life would be much easier. But its only natural for most of our customers to want the latest greatest... NOW!
More good news is that the power control for this board will be even greater and depending on the CPU skew you will be able to get your total CPU chipset power draw down to 5W.
Regarding Nano-ITX... its a good news bad news thing.
Yes it was officially launched at CeBIT, Yes they are now in production. Yes the specs should be up... and that's the good news.
The bad news is that there is significant demand from VIA's existing customers and some very key strategic potential customers. So... the first few batches will be going to those people and it will probably be a few more months (sorry) before they start to find their way into channels for the individual consumer.
Yo! Swirling fella!
Where does it list the new price of Robosapien? Is it no longer US$100?
Kunal great to hear!
If any of you are in the Boston area in March make sure you check out the Robotics Trends "Emerging Robotics Technologies $ Applications Conference". There is a huge push on right now to create commercial opportunities in the personal and service robotics space and this is where you will have a chance to see what's hot and who's making a play in this space.
VIA will be presenting and you can find out more about what our strategy is for helping grow the market.
Details here: http://www.roboticsevents.com/
Don't know what your email address is... but you might consider a VIA EPIA M10000 Mini-ITX board with an embedded 1GHz VIA C3 processor. Price is reasonalble, size is great and power draw is less.
Is that enough processing power for you? I understand some of our customers are doing vision recognition on these boards.
You can check out VIA's robot related info here:
Hope that helps.
Dafydd Walters has a new how to build PC-Based robots column called "Mr. Davbot's Musing's". The column is published on the www.mobilerobotics.org website.
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