JIBO: The World's First Family Robot


"Humanize technology" …I’m not a nerd for immediately thinking of the cores from Portal, am I? (The way he "smiles", holy hell…)

Also the fact that the CEO and founder is a woman filled me with happiness. :)

Yup, I thought of the cores when I saw this too. I really hope the actual robot turns out to be as good as (or better than) the thing in the video—going by the website, it doesn’t actually appear to have been made yet since the crowd funding just started THIS MONTH.

The way he smiles actually made me think of EVE from WALL-E, though, which isn’t surprising given WALL-E is one of the robots shown toward the end of the video.




What you get when you watch this video:

  • The catchiness of Blurred Lines while maintaining your self-respect
  • An education!

I love this video because

a) it takes the catchy tune of a disgrace of a song and turns it into something glorious

b) includes the line “Get out of the gene pool” and any song with that line deserves everything

we should make this more popular than blurred lines

I only know the original song a little because it plays on the radio every so often (and I usually change the station because the song is annoying), but this parody is clever and gets an A+ for the rant on the word “literally” alone.

Only thing I don’t like is the oxford comma thing. What’s wrong with the oxford comma? It drives me crazy when folks DON’T use it.

EDIT: OH MY GOSH I just looked up the lyrics to the original song and HOW THE HECK DOES THAT GET PLAYED ON THE “FAMILY-FRIENDLY” STATION I LISTEN TO???? o________________O

*throws things out the window*

So a couple weeks ago my old headset finally kicked the bucket, so I went to Best Buy to get a better pair. The girl there showed me what she thought would be a good headset, only it turned out later we realized it didn’t have a mic. So we found one that did, and I bought that. (For about $100.) Packaging says it has a mic, device appears to have a mic (albeit a weird one), and so I thought everything was good.

I brought it home, and while the headphones worked, my computer would not recognize the mic. I thought “well the mic works a bit differently and I don’t exactly need to use it right now so I won’t worry about it.”

Later I really began to wonder if this headset actually had a mic at all, so finally today I did some research. Some websites said that it did have a mic, some claimed it didn’t at all. No website was helping so finally I called the customer support for the company itself. The lady was sorta rude and not particularly helpful because she kept contradicting herself (saying that it does have a mic but it wasn’t always compatible with all computers, and when I asked if maybe it wasn’t compatible with my computer, she said she’d never heard of the mic not being compatible with some computers (in spite of saying that two minutes ago???)) and kept saying that their company did not troubleshoot this particular problem. That last part wasn’t her fault, but that’s a dumb thing for the company to do. Finally she just told me to buy a separate mic or else keep trying to troubleshoot the problem myself.

So I did some more digging around and finally, finally found an answer.

Yes, the headset has a mic

A mic that only works on mobile devices.

Oh my gosh why did absolutely nothing on the manual or box or website or anything for this headset actually SAY THAT?!

IN ANY CASE I saved the box and receipt and everything so I’m taking back these headphones whenever my mom and sis get home and exchanging them for a headset I can actually use. :|

Oh gosh I about had a heart attack. My tablet hasn’t been connecting wirelessly anymore so I’ve had to plug it into my computer via USB. It’s a little annoying (though not the end of the world of course) and I wanted to fix it, so I tried reinstalling the drivers.

And the tablet stopped working.

The right/left-click buttons on the side of the pen stopped working and the pen did not have any pressure sensitivity whatsoever. I tried restarting the computer, but no luck.

I wondered if maybe I had somehow installed the wrong drivers, so I went back to Wacom’s website and searched for the specific drivers for my tablet (it’s an Intuos 4 Wireless, and I think the current Intuos model is a 5 or something) and tried installing those and IT WORKS NOW. @___@;;;; That was scary.

I’d still like to know how to get it to connect wirelessly though. Hrm.

mongose11 asked:

wheatley vs him self in a mirror


[sounds of violent hacking in the distance]

I think Wheatley would recognize his own reflection… He understands the concept enough to want to put his stupid face everywhere in the last bit of the game.

Maybe in his earlier stages of testing, though…

IIRC robots now can actually recognize themselves in mirrors, so I’d assume Aperture’s robots would be able to do that right off the bat as well. Except Wheatley because he’s programmed to be stupid, so part of a test of whether or not he is stupid enough would be to set him in front of a mirror and see if he recognizes his own reflection immediately.

Instead he thinks he’s been placed in front of another core and immediately starts talking to it and he doesn’t recognize that the core is making the same expressions as he is—he thinks it’s just on the same page as him and he’s so excited that finally someone’s listening to him. Though he doesn’t really get why the engineers are all cracking up around him, but he’s glad they’re happy. Oh, he didn’t know that all these engineers had identical twins! Odd.

…Eventually they’d have to tell him and he’d probably be really disappointed.

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