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After reading Donald Dixon's Diary entry "Alphabot", I thought I would take a moment to reveal a little about VIA robotics strategy. We see beyond the industrial, health and saftey and military uses for robots a future commercial use that I would say a few other companies are probably positioning themselves for as well. That use is for the robot as your single point of contact personal technology manager, assistant and filter.

We have a concept internally known as "Technology Spam" whereby added to the communications spam we know today there will be hardware spam (too many devices or "intelligent nodes" as William Gibson calls them), mulitimedia spam (too many movies, music, sports etc) and while we will want to use all of these technologies, we wouldn't want to be continually interacting with them.

An intelligent device that with some adjustable preset configurations or could act as the intermediary between you and your technology so you can use it effectively and also separate yourself from it.

Tried to submit a story today about organic robots, rat

brains and wetware but the submit story email address kept

bouncing back?????

Organic robot mixes rat brain with silicon

17:19 Friday 13th June 2003 Rupert Goodwins


A new experimental device combines biology and electronics

to investigate the wetware in our heads.

16 Jun 2003 (updated 17 Jun 2003 at 02:28 UTC) »

Read an "interesting" article on the Inquirer about the

Roomba robot vacuum cleaner. Its a little unclear whether

or not the woman who wrote the article actually likes the

Roomba. Its an interesting concept at least and good to see

a robotic device in the consumer space thats not just a toy.



I'm also interested to know what peoples opinions about projects like OROCOS are. It seems that its a noble idea but I wonder about the challenges of coordinating such cutting edge research into a freely available package. I would guess there is a lot of academic and commercial interest in keeping the latest and greatest developments in-house. Is OROCOS the answer for widespread Robot development? Or will it result in an educational tool or a hobbyiests basic development package?

VIA is in the process of outlining and releasing our VIA

Robotics Initiative.

We recognize the importance of Robotics in a variety of

areas and have decided that future silicon product

developments will include consideration of robot design


Some of our present products are already gaining popularity

in the robotics community because of their low power and

small size.

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