Intended to provide 360-degree images of its surroundings, Omniclops, the robot "omnicamera," is being developed by Hagen Schempf (holding Omniclops) of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Schempf is now with the Robotics Engineering Consortium in Pittsburgh, PA. Founded in 1994 with seed money from NASA, the consortium is located off the Carnegie Mellon campus and operates with great autonomy in this enormous facility. Behind Schempf on the main floor are autonomous forklifts; out of sight, other rooms are chockablock with robotic harvesters and mine diggers. The forklift, which can understand commands like "unload the truck in bay 4," should be deployed in Ford factories by the end of 2000. From the book Robo sapiens: Evolution of a New Species, page 144.
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