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.