NRW_Robots101 - What is a robot? At its most basic a robot...

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What is a robot? At its most basic a robot is a machine that senses the world, processes the sensor information with a computer and then does something in response to that information (such as moving or turning). A robot isn’t just a computer. A desktop computer can “sense” that you are typing or moving the mouse, but the computer itself doesn’t move or act in the physical world. Where can I find a robot? Many everyday objects around you are a lot like robots. A car with cruise control senses how fast the car is moving and then changes the car’s acceleration so that the car’s speed stays constant. A thermostat in a room senses what temperature the room is and then it turns on a heater or air conditioner to bring the room to the right temperature. Many people assume all robots are characters in science-fiction movies like the Terminator or R2D2 in Star Wars. In fact, robots are used all over the world, right now! Robots build cars, clean houses, help soldiers and doctors, are played with by kids and
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