Last week I posted about TOPO, the cool "futuristic" robot from 1983. TOPO may seem like an outdated technological idea but the concept of having a "computer on wheels" still lives on today. Computers have advanced many times fold (following Moore's Law) and at the same time shrunk in size; it was just a matter of time to have them integrated into a "robotic" platform like the 914 PC-Bot by White Box Robotics. From what it appears, the 914 PC-Bot may be long lost descendant of the TOPO although the beloved HERO would be a more direct ancestor.
The 914 PC-Bot does not need to be programmed with an external computer but instead this robot IS the computer that can use a wide array of software to run it. This robot has multiple set of sensors that can be used and provide the ability to interconnect with other robots, computers and even the Internet. The possibilities are huge and wide of what can be done with this robot and that is why it has been received with wide open arms by university research labs, domestic robot enthusiasts, artificial intelligence engineers and anyone who just wants their computer on a mobile platform. So for anyone who is like my TOPO loving friend, you are still in luck since the 914 PC-Bot has been on sale since late 2006! Get one and create something new with your robot friend. Enjoy the following videos showing some of the 914 PC Bot coolness.