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Google Makes Dictionary

objects/dictionaryopen80.jpgt’s official. The word “google”  is now in the dictionary. The newest edition of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary will list the meaning as “to use the Google search engine to obtain information…on the World Wide Web."  We have all heard the word google used as a verb as “Did you google him?”  And how many of you have googled yourself??

 

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Wakamaru Robot Companion

technology/wakamaru.jpgMitsubishi's Wakamaru robot made its North American debut at the Embedded Systems Conference in April 2003 in San Francisco. Wakamaru is the first human-size robot built to provide companionship and/or function as a caretaker and house sitter. Wakamaru promises to be an ideal help for elderly people, the disabled, or others wishing to maintain an independent life style. Wakamaru will have its own daily rhythm, living and communicating with family members. Its main goal will be to make life easier for its “family”.

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Shakey the Robot

gadgets/shakeyrobot.jpgThe first mobile robot to visually interpret its environment, Shakey can locate items, navigate around them, and reason about its actions.

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Did You Bring Bottles

foods/grocery.jpgRemember the old-fashioned supermarkets? This website will give you the history of supermarkets from the 1920's to the 1970's. It's a trip down memory lane.

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Roll-up Screen Breakthrough

technology/xeroxlogo.jpgSemi conductive ink and new materials revealed today by Xerox Corporation may make flexible roll-up television screens and computer displays one step closer to reality.

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