[WEB4LIB] I, Robot Librarian

Roy Tennant roy.tennant at ucop.edu
Thu Jul 22 13:13:52 EDT 2004

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have been working on this for 
quite some time, although mostly as a way to retrieve items for 
scanning that are housed in remote storage. See 
<http://dkc.mse.jhu.edu/CAPM/>. To quote from the web site: "The goal 
of the CAPM project is to develop efficient (i.e., cost-effective), 
real-time, enhanced browsing and search capabilities, through a Web 
browser interface, to off-site materials by using a combination of 
robotics, automated systems and software."

On Jul 21, 2004, at 6:55 PM, may . wrote:

> hello all --
> an interesting article from the bbc technology news --
> http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/3897583.stm
> Robots get bookish in libraries
> By Jo Twist
> BBC News Online science and technology staff
> Robots have disappointed humans so far in their ability to mix and
> help people in their everyday lives. Other than industry and research,
> they have mostly been for entertainment.
> But a group of robotics researchers at University Jaume I in Spain is
> working on a robot librarian which could deliver the promise of a
> helpful bot.
> The prototype has cameras, sensors and grippers so it can locate and
> collect a book. The hope is that one day teams of service robots could
> work in libraries.
> cont...

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