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Sandy McMurray
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About Sandy

Sandy has been writing about tech stuff in plain language since 1994.
He knows why your computer does that weird thing, and how to stop it.

Sandy is passionate about his faith, his family, strong coffee, apple pie, potatoes (all kinds), and that cool thing Apple announced recently.



Posts tagged robots

Controlling robots with your mind 

And so it begins. Real life avatars are on the way.

Surprising benefits of robot cleaners 

As domestic help, robots have flaws. I bought my Roomba about three years ago; the Mint joined it a year later. But my dream of an immaculate, machine-cleaned home has yet to materialize—they can be slow and you have to space out your furniture to give them room to maneuver. But they earn their keep in other ways: They’re entertaining—a cross between the Three Stooges and a geeky Discovery Channel reality show. I’ve read that owners often grow attached to their machines. Some give their vacuums names; there’s even a website that sells clothing for Roombas.

Read the whole thing:
The Surprising Benefits of Robot Cleaners - WSJ.com

Google products are machine-driven. They’re created by machines. And that is what makes us powerful. That’s what makes our products great.

Marissa Mayer, quoted in Steven Levy’s In The Plex (according to Buzz)

Whatever you do, don’t read too much into this quote from a Google executive.

Robot barf looks like QR codes.

This quote now has its own tribute web site: robotbarf.com

Where did QR codes really come from?

A QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response code) is a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code) first designed for the automotive industry. More recently, the system has become popular outside of the industry due to its fast readability and comparatively large storage capacity. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded can be made up of any kind of data (e.g., binary, alphanumeric, or Kanji symbols).

Created by Toyota subsidiary Denso Wave in 1994 to track vehicles during the manufacturing process, the QR code is one of the most popular types of two-dimensional barcodes.