Computer scientists at OHSU's OGI School of Science and Engineering have stripped down a radio-controlled monster truck and turned it into a robotic vehicle that's helping them perfect the latest generation of computer software. The "Timbot" is equipped with its own computer system, a video camera, and other sensors. On a very basic level, it can "decide" where it needs to go, using its sensors and an onboard computer, and, at the same time, transmit live video images across the Internet so that a remote viewer can see what Timbot is looking at. The Timbot is one part of Project Timber (Time as a basis for embedded real-time systems) in the Pacific Software Research Center. The project is funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration (DARPA).
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