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fuzion22:
for my robotics paper, i'm specifying what is and what is not a robot. i've allready covered what is a robot, but for the average person to understand robotics, i'm trying to show examples of machines that are not robots so people don't get confused.  i need examples please. it would greatly help me out. thanks for your time.

Admin:
for reference to your previous post: http://www.societyofrobots.com/robotforum/index.php?topic=521.msg3025#msg3025

machines that arent robots? hmmmmm a crowbar. my bicycle. but not my stove. i think its safe to say that if it doesnt have a feedback mechanism (aka sensor and control loop), its not a robot.

fuzion22:
stove? my general understanding is that a robot is a computer controlled machine that is capable of motion and uses sensors to interact with its environment?

how is a stove considered somewhat of a robot?

Admin:
stoves, even the older ones, have temperature sensors.

you set it to a temperature, and it uses a feedback control loop to make sure it stays at that temperature. ovens, air conditioners, and refridgerators have this feature, too.

Hal9000:
Does a robot neccessarily need electricity/computer control? After all, automatons seem to have some very robotic qualites........in my mind at least.

http://www.oldtoyz1.com/drummer%20automaton.jpg

It isn't maybe as black and white as it was maybe 10 years back, or more.

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