His latest program, called Doodle Kids, lets iPhone users draw with their fingers by touching the iPhone’s touchscreen and then clear the screen by shaking the phone. It has already been dowloaded more than 4000 times in just two weeks form the iTunes store.
Lim, started using the computer at 2, is fluent in 6 different programming languages and have completed more than 20 projects.
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Rossum recently launched a course in mobile programming using Python for the Symbian OS. Students learn how to write programs for the Nokia cell-phones to control robots and devices. Python provides a easy way of accessing the functions on the phone, such as SMS, GPS, Phonebook and Internet.
A recent New York Times article indicated the growign role that robots are playing in the medical field - increasingly for sensitive surgical procedures.
From cardiac procedures to cosmetic surgery to orthopedic operations, robots are already a $1 billion segement of the medical device industry.
According to the article: “Many urologists performing prostate surgery view the precise, tremor-free movements of a robot as the best way to spare nerves crucial to bladder control and sexual potency. A robot’s ability to deftly handle small tools may lead to a less invasive procedure and faster recovery for a patient. Robots also can protect surgeons from physical stress and exposure to X-rays that may force them into premature retirement.”
As robots revolutionized the manufacturing industry in the 1980’s, experts are now predicting that robots would eventually operate as precisely as the world’s greatest surgeons, but doing so far more tirelessly and in remote locations thanks to control via satelite links.
Beside these ‘helper’ robots, a range of robots for entertainment or companionship has also become popular. These include Sony’s AIBO robotic dog, the cute and furry Furby by Tiger Electronics and iRobi, a robot that reads the news and recipes to you and even acts as a karaoke machine. One of the most advanced domestic humanoid robots, Honda’s ASIMO, has not yet become commercially available.
But the ultimate vision for roboticists is complete self-navigating robotic helpers and robotic vehicles. These ambitions are currently actively pursued in research labs and competitions. The 2007 DARPA Grand Challenge entailed university teams having to make actual vehicles function completely driverless and then self-navigate around a 96km urban area course. The 2007 challenge was won by Carnegie Mellon University with Stanford in the second place.