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ZX Spectrum Revolution - 2007/06/17 02:56 This thread discusses the Content article: ZX Spectrum Revolution

I remember the Sinclair spectrum well. The first computer I owned was a ZX-80 with a massive one kilobyte memory and a slab-o-plastic keyboard. My first "proper" computer though was a BBC model B, which came with a much better keyboard and a decent version of BASIC. It's amazing to consider how far home computing has come since those pioneering times.

Rather like the home computing era of the early 1980s I think robotics in the home will only turn into a revolution once you can buy some moderately capable robot hardware for about the same price that a BBC Micro or Commodore 64 cost - in the region of 300-500, or roughly a thousand dollars. In this price range it becomes just another piece of consumer electronics, and fathers will buy their sons robots for christmas as "educational" toys. This already happens with things like Lego Mindstorms, but in my opinion those kits are really below the threshold of capability which you need to be able to do anything very interesting or commercially viable.

Whilst robotics remains something which only luxury motorcycle owners can afford I don't think it will go anywhere, and remain as a tiny niche market for "the usual suspects".
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Re:ZX Spectrum Revolution - 2007/06/17 03:10 I think there may be some truth in that from a 'hobbyist' point of view. However, a Harley is more than a motor cycle - it's a Harley... you can always buy a scooter, although it's not really serious competition.

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Re:ZX Spectrum Revolution - 2007/06/17 03:33 In that regard I think we're still in pre-revolutionary times, but I am optimistic that within another five years we'll see the beginnings of something comparable to early home computing. Moore's law keeps dropping the cost of computing, and the algorithms needed to make robots do potentially useful tasks are becoming more well defined. If I was Ray Kurzweil I'd probably be able to plot some graphs and give a more exact prediction.
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Re:ZX Spectrum Revolution - 2007/06/17 05:11 (It's still a revolution)
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Re:ZX Spectrum Revolution - 2007/06/17 07:31 (It's still a revolution)
you say it revolution, but what is revolution here?? it is pc on wheels!!? - to be taken in not serious mode i say!
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Re:ZX Spectrum Revolution - 2007/06/17 07:38 Mainly because it's the first time a true PC Bot has been manufactured. I don't think there's another product anywhere that hits all the spots.
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