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Usable surfaces for robots

Why are mobile robots not coverered with corkboard or Post-It notes?
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The robots in current production - I'm thinking particular of Pepper, which is used as a sort of host at some conferences - are all covered with shiny plastic shells. Since they're supposed to be moving around anyway, why not cover them with a more useful surface or make them a more useful shape? Why, for example, shouldn't Pepper be a dual-purpose host and dressmaker's dummy? Or covered with corkboard so people can pin notes and information to its outside for the benefit of others encountering it? Or padded fabric (ditto). Or if it *must* be shiny plastic, provide a place to hold Post-It pads so people can stick notes to them. Why must the outsides be so useless?


wendyg, May 06 2018

Dalek on mobility scooter https://drive.googl...oWhorKf9hud0HD6BY78
Not as daft as I thought it might look [not_morrison_rm, May 06 2018]


       You could make the same criticism of almost all humans ...   

       From the title, we thought this would be the expansion of "wheelchair accessible" to cover existing robotic systems, autonomous single-person transportation, and Daleks ....
8th of 7, May 06 2018

       Hmm... daleks in wheelchairs...suppose they must be an old daleks home somewhere..
not_morrison_rm, May 06 2018

       <Mental image of Davros asking "Have I had my tea yet ?"/>
8th of 7, May 06 2018

       //You could make the same criticism of almost all humans ...// You mean to tell me the Borg have not discovered staple gun technology?   

       It is (surprisingly) possible to staple-gun a note to the back of a person wearing light clothing. What is even more remarkable is that if you then tell them you have staple gunned a piece of paper to their back, they will assume that you are joking and that there were no staples in the staple gun, until they try tugging at their shirt.
MaxwellBuchanan, May 06 2018

       It never ceases to amaze us what passes for entertainment in East Anglia ...
8th of 7, May 06 2018

       //Mental image of Davros// Say what you like about Davros, but at least he hosts the World Economic Forum every year.
MaxwellBuchanan, May 06 2018

       Yes, but no doubt a bit of a black eye for WWE ...
8th of 7, May 06 2018

       I think the only black mark against Davros is the fact that he produced that son of his, Bobby.
MaxwellBuchanan, May 06 2018

       Adding notes to the body of a robot will distract people from interacting with the robot. They'll think the notes are tips on how to interact with the robot, left by previous humans who were unsatisfied with the robot's interactions, and will therefore not interact with the robot in a natural way.
notexactly, May 10 2018

       So the key to conditioning daleks, T800s, the Gunslinger, and 8th of 7 into harmless butlers and coatracks and preventing machine-driven Armageddon an abundance of post-it notes. Excellent, [notexactly].
RayfordSteele, May 11 2018

       The first post-it on [8th] would be that one with the admin password for his implants, so you can root-kit him if he acts up.
pertinax, May 11 2018


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