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Submission + - Can we hope for a personal robot? (robotsblog.net)

Paul5151 writes: "Do you remember computers industry 30 years ago? Huge machines helped companies and different institutions with calculations. In our days, robots industry looks very familiar to computers 30 years ago. As for computers before, now for robots are given special tasks — they are helping people with building, making cars and many other works. In 1970 people could only dream about personal computer on desk in every home and now, this is daily routine. Most can't even imagine life without PC..."

Submission + - Wii Becomes Leading Console

Bender0x7D1 writes: According to VG Chartz, total worldwide sales of the Nintendo Wii have surpassed those of of the XBox 360. It has been a long time since Nintendo held the lead in console sales and Sony, the sales leader of the previous generation, is lagging far behind in this current generation. The question is: Does the Wii have the staying power to keep outselling the competition, or will upcoming games like Halo 3 and GTA IV give the advantage to Microsoft and Sony?
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Submission + - Why No High-MPG Diesels For The U.S.?

gbulmash writes: "While looking for a high-MPG minivan, wagon, or SUV, I've been finding that the pickings in the U.S. are pretty slim, but that there are plenty of fuel-efficient diesel models in Europe that get even better mileage than some of the larger hybrids for sale in the U.S. With the U.S. having so many people driving so many miles, it seems ridiculous that even Ford is offering highly fuel efficient diesels in Europe that they don't/won't offer here. Is there an actual plausible reason why these models aren't being brought to American markets aside from "marketing objectives"?"

Submission + - OLE, the fire fighting beetle (gearfuse.com)

bob82 writes: "Researchers are working on OLE, a new autonomous robot that could one day help out putting out fires. This fire fighting beetle will be programmed to run through the forest at 20 to 30 km per hour, looking for potential forest fires in the works and extinguishing them with an impulse appliance."

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