These puppies do more than just sit there and look cute. Sensing a human presence, the interactive, battery-powered toys react with actions and sounds. Motion includes head tilting and movement from side to side. The unit makes several sounds include whimpering, happy panting, soft whines, snoring, playful growling, playful barking and a waking-up noise. Touching the pooch’s nose instigates a low growl. Analog functions include the amplification for the sounds, actuating the motors and motion and touch sensing. Converting the motion sensor’s signal to an input for the microcontroller requires analog circuitry for threshold detection.
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
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