Oct 19th 2009 By Ian Fortey
You may remember a scene near the beginning of the awesome '80s movie "Short Circuit,"
wherein a tiny robot waitress offered guests at an event drinks. Then the rest of the movie was something about a robot coming to life or whatever. But scientists at Carnegie Mellon were so enamored with the idea of a robot that could bring Twizzlers and Fresca to you that they up and made one
, about 20 years later.
, the latest in being hungry but not wanting to physically do anything about it, will bring food to faculty and students at Carnegie Mellon University, where there's apparently no time in the day to get Cornnuts for yourself.
Rumor is SnackBot is also being used for scientific purposes, namely research into robust autonomous operation in office environments, which could probably be learned from a Roomba, but oh well. Roomba doesn't have jellybeans