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Google's Schmidt gleeful at 3D-capable personal robots

February 29, 2012 | Hogan Keyser
qbo_robot_3d.jpgFebruary 28, 2012 by Chris Davies via -- Google chairman Eric Schmidt has presented his vision of the future and technology, describing a world where people have their own personal robot that can represent them remotely and from which they can see a remote 3D visual stream. "We're beginning to see science fiction become a reality" Schmidt said during his MWC 2012 keynote. "Look at Star Trek or, my favorite, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy."

As Schmidt described it, people would have access to compact telepresence robots, small enough to carry in a bag and deploy at will. They would then be able to beam back a 3D picture to a portable 3D-capable screen, part of huge mesh networks of devices talking to each other. "We can look forward to a future of essentially unlimited speed and unlimited processing power ... tiny, powerful sensors will be embedded in everything. By 2020, fiber networks will be deployed in every city."

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