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How To Attend Next Week's Robotics Show Robotically 38

DeviceGuru writes "Suitable Technologies is offering $50 rentals of its Beam mobile telepresence robot, allowing 50 robotics enthusiasts to remotely attend the RoboBusiness conference in Santa Clara, Calif. on Oct. 23-25. The Ubuntu- and ROS-based Beam will be available to the first 50 applicants, letting them explore the show at up to 1.5 meters/sec and interact with others via video conferencing. The bots will be allowed everywhere on the show floor as well as in conference rooms, and the show will be open late to accommodate remote users from distant time zones. The Beam is a good choice for remotely exploring conferences, saving users the cost and time of traveling to an event, says Suitable Tech; for example, RoboBusiness registration costs $1,595, not including hotel and travel. A list of the conference's keynotes, which include one by Christ Urmson, director of Google's Self-Driving Cars project, is available here."
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How To Attend Next Week's Robotics Show Robotically

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  • by Gravis Zero ( 934156 ) on Thursday October 17, 2013 @02:28AM (#45150201)

    speed: 1.5 meters/sec = 3.3554 mph = 5.4 km/h

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      speed: 1.5 meters/sec = 3.3554 mph = 5.4 km/h

      Thats 5.0 * 10 ^-9 c for those of you who like non arbitrary units.

      • Re: (Score:2, Troll)

        Thats 5.0 * 10 ^-9 c for those of you who like non arbitrary units.

        Relative to what?

        • by mic0e ( 2740501 )

          That was not specified in the article, and depends on where you are, but I'll assume the earth-fixed rotating reference frame.

          • Hmm. Can one definitively determine any velocity relative to a rotating reference frame, except for 0?
            • by mic0e ( 2740501 )

              Your velocity relative to the frame itself is undefined. However, your velocity relative to any point in the frame is very well defined. Usually, you use the velocity relative to your current position in the frame.

      • by mwvdlee ( 775178 )

        Except mph and km/h are units most people can relate to.
        It's pretty much walking speed, perhaps a bit slower.

    • In other words, a slow jog.
    • by fred911 ( 83970 )

      Or roughly the speed of a 6" man walking briskly.

      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        by Anonymous Coward

        I think that would be a 6" man running like the clappers. Perhaps you meant 6'

  • by bjwest ( 14070 ) on Thursday October 17, 2013 @03:30AM (#45150475)
    Seriously, what the fuck is wrong with these companies? They use Free/Open source software and/or hardware to build things, then don't offer the controlling or interactive software to those of us using the same damn OS on our desktops that's used in the thingyMaBob. Get the fuck out of Visual Basic, C# or what ever toy development environment you're using for cross platform, and use a real cross platform library. Qt will do all three platforms, and AFAIK, all it takes is a recompile to get it one of the others. And I'm sure there are other true cross platform libraries out there as well.
    What cross platform development library are they using that is so frigging awesome, you have to leave out the Linux's? Fuck, if nothing else, use Java.
    • by paskie ( 539112 )

      I share your frustration. However, even if it "just takes a recompile", you also need to test it under that target platform (so you also need at least one of your developers somewhat familiar with it; you need to install it on some test machine if none of the developers have it installed; etc.), fix any issues etc. - that takes extra resources and that raises the cost of development and then you need to take a look at whether the returns justify that. Anyone who used Java apps doing non-trivial audio I/O on

      • by Lennie ( 16154 )

        That is what makes WebRTC interesting, just test it on a few differrent browsers to see how they handle the rest of your code. Nothing platform specific, done.

  • by nimbius ( 983462 ) on Thursday October 17, 2013 @04:51AM (#45150709) Homepage

    As the cost of technologies like this comes down i can only see several outcomes in the future.

    1. robotics show restrooms closed due to denial of service attack by 4chan. robots screaming lady gaga cannot be evicted from the loo.

    2. first presentation ruined by six wiseguys who refuse to stop racing their telepresence robots up and down the aisles

    3. while everyone else has mastered the robots for some time, the recent uptick in management attendance is now correlated with the recent number of nearly suicidal robots that attempt to go down stairs and into pools.

    4. ending the yearly conference means everyone has to return to the rental station, as every good engineer knows. C-level attendees have however been spotted trying to hail cabs and merge onto freeways.

    5. although considered polite to use a business-friendly avatar, most attendies have adhered to an unspoken rule of using cats.

    • I was actually thinking about the lawsuits from Booth Babes getting probed by remove devices chanting; "Johnny Five is alive!"

      The other thing is that I can imagine someone named "God Mode" is going to use a remote robot to hack a terminal that breaks into a laptop on the show "The Big Bang Theory" and uses that laptop to hack another drone. After that point, nobody is going to know who buzzed the tower at JFK airport.

  • Why humans should be allowed into the robotics show in the first place is beyond me.

  • Such shows allow them to control what happens to the robots. Try going down the street with one of these, it'll get stolen immediately. At the very least it'll need cameras in all directions in order to not be snuck up on and shanghaied, plus it needs to weigh at least as much as a Segway.

Someone is unenthusiastic about your work.