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Robotics

Turn Your Roomba Into a Household Google Bot 79

Wael Chatila writes "By adding an on-board computer and a camera on a Roomba, the Roomba can be used to index your home. As a bonus, you can also control the Roomba across an internet connection, and see the images from the camera — a spybot for you to check on your own home while you are out."

Comment Re:Depressing, but not uncommon (Score 1) 1251

I looked up the degree, major, and minor.

http://www.monroecollege.edu/Default.aspx?DN=4afbeeb3-adf8-4a12-a45e-5e04e1f9c024

She has a vanilla Businesses Bachelor's with 7 freshmand and sophmore level IT courses.

Would say she is qualified for 1st or 2nd level help desk supporting gerneral business office systems with a chance of being promoted to Help Desk management position if she works out.

Just like anyone else with a 2 or 4 year degree in Business or Comp Sci.

Toys

Polaroid Lovers Try To Revive Its Instant Film 443

Maximum Prophet nods a NY Times piece on a Dutch group living the retro dream: they are trying to bring back Polaroid film. This group has the machinery to make the film packs, but needs to recreate the chemicals. Polaroid Inc. stopping making the specialized chemicals years ago, after having stockpiled what they would need for their last production runs. "They want to recast an outdated production process in an abandoned Polaroid factory for an age that has fallen for digital pictures because they think people still have room in their hearts for retro photography that eschews airbrushing or Photoshop. 'This project is about building a very interesting business to last for at least another decade,' said Florian Kaps, the Austrian entrepreneur behind the effort [in Enschede, The Netherlands]. 'It is about the importance of analog aspects in a more and more digital world. ... If everyone runs in one direction [i.e. digital photography], it creates a niche market in the other.'"

Comment Re:Cars (Score 1) 665

Yes Actually, the BETTER car parts stores do ask for the your Car's VIN number when you ask for replacement parts. It saves a lot of hassles over wrong car parts if your car's model has many different body styles, engine, and feature packages in the model line, like Chevy Cavilers.

Back to laptops, for example, first hand experience. IBM/Lenovo Thinkpads had a lot of variation of parts over model types, need the FRU number to order the right parts for the specific model subtype of the ThinkPad.

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