Monday, May 16, 2005

Finally - a $1,200 home robot

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White Box Robotics finally has something to market that a lot of us have been dreaming of for awhile - a powerful home robot for $1,200. The PC-BOT Model 914 (and thank you, White Box, for the wonderfully retro-sounding name) has a steel cage with removable motherboard, eight drive bays for adding your own PC equipment, a differential drive system featuring independent front suspension, and can be run from any Windows computer (which you supply). It can accept up to a gig of RAM, has a microphone for speech recognition, has a speaker for speech synthesis, and even has a slot in the top where you can add a WiFi web cam if you want. Let the geekiness commence! (Thanks to MAKE magazine for pointing this out.)