In the US animated series The Jetsons, a family of the future employed the services of Rosie, a humanoid robotic maid who whizzed around on wheels, tidying up around the house. She was less a housekeeper and more a part of the family.
While we haven’t yet achieved this level of robotic help, inventors have developed quite a few robot helpers which, like Rosie, not only assist with household chores, but in some cases serve as robotic companions.
Robots range from iRobot’s Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner, to Windoro, which cleans windows on two sides simultaneously and automatically, to the Toyota Human Support Robot, which can lend a helping hand -- literally -- by reaching for objects on high shelves.
Click on the photo below to see examples of available and conceptual household robots that can help ease the burden of work at home and can even provide companionship.
Colombian industrial design student Adrian Perez Zapata has designed Mab -- hundreds of small robots that fly around a house and clean soiled surfaces -- as a submission for the 2013 Electrolux Design Lab competition, the theme of which is “inspired urban living.” The system consists of a core central robotic hub and 908 microrobots that dispense cleaning solution. As envisioned by Zapata, Mab consists of a core mother ship robot that acts as the central controller for the system of 908 smaller bots sporting propellers that do the dirty work. Zapata’s design is one of 20 semifinalists in the competition, and his work is still just a concept. (Source: Electrolux Design Lab)
I continue to fuss with Roomba to keep it operational but it has been relegated to master bedroom duty. As you can imagine Roomba picks up loose dirt and debris lying on the floor surface and it is most effective on hard surface floors. It doesn't have powerful suction to effectively clean carpet. It does a good job cleaning under the bed on the hardwood floors.
That's so cool that you were close by to all of those locations for Breaking Bad, Rob. When I lived in NYC they were always shooting TV shows and movies, but people there are more used to it. When it's a more site-specific show like Breaking Bad, in which the city itself is almost a character in the show and isn't used to having this kind of attention, it would be definitely more exciting.
Yes, it has been fun Elizabeth. The show's creator, Vince Gilligan, has referred to Albuquerque as a character. Plus, most of the cast lived here during the six years of production. Aaron Paul was a fixture at one of our Indian res casinos. My son spent time with Walt Jr. at a downtown young people's bar.
I see NY in ads and shows all the time. It seems every five minutes I'm looking at the Flat Iron building.
Yes, NYC doesn't have the same sort of mystique as a place like Albuquerque because we see it so much. That show definitely put your city on the map. Do you notice more people coming to visit? They probably have a Breaking Bad site tour. I'm sure someone is cashing in on that!
Good guess, Elizabeth, there is a Breaking Bad site tour. It was good for the city. There was about $1 million in direct spend from each episode. I know some people who believe it was bad for the city since it portrayed ABQ has a meth center, which it isn't. We have meth in the rural areas hear, but not more than other states. It was filmed here because of our then governor Bill Rchardson's generous film support program. AMC asked Gilligan if he could set Breaking Bad in New Mexico to take advantage of the program, and Gilligan made the most of it.
We have a candy shop in our Old Town area that sells blue crystal candy
I visited one of the restaurants, Taco Sal. I asked the owner how he got compensated during shjooting. He said the production folks would pay him for using the restaurant all day. He said he made more money on shoot days than on regular days.
The car wash in the story is the place I've been taking my cars for about 20 years.
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The increased adoption of wireless technology for mission-critical applications has revved up the global market for dynamic electronic general purpose (GP) test equipment. As the link between cloud networks and devices -- smartphones, tablets, and notebooks -- results in more complex devices under test, the demand for radio frequency test equipment is starting to intensify.
Much of the research on lithium-ion batteries is focused on how to make the batteries charge more quickly and last longer than they currently do, work that would significantly improve the experience of mobile device users, as well EV and hybrid car drivers. Researchers in Singapore have come up with what seems like the best solution so far -- a battery that can recharge itself in mere minutes and has a potential lifespan of 20 years.
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
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