Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Pittsburgh Puts Robots to Work, And Some Can Even Be Eaten

PITTSBURGH -- Most robots are functional. Only a few are edible, even nutritious.

Mickey McManus took five seedless cucumbers, carved them so they looked
like fingers and anchored them to a hunk of Edam cheese. To this
"hand," he attached a small electronic device, programmed to respond to
sound; when someone laughed or clapped, the fingers flexed. He brought
his cucumber robot to a wine-and-cheese party as an appetizer, along
with a robotic Rice Krispies Treats man that pivoted whenever the
lights dimmed.

Mr. McManus is neither chef nor computer scientist. He's a Pittsburgh executive who, along with about 500 ...

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