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Page 2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, June 7, 1983
New robot brings
high-tech to the home
CHICAGO (AP) - The roast needs week at the 28th Consumer Electronics
checking, the phone is ringing, the kids Show, the electronics industry's annual
are screaming for something to do, and roundup of the latest in games and
all you want is a cold beer. Soon you'll gadgets.
be able to buy a robot named B.O.B. to BUT AS B.O.B.'s manufacturers
take care of everything. point out, there's a skill that sets their
B.O.B. is a strapping, round-headed "boy" apart from the video games,
three-footer with twinkling red eyes - stereo components and pocket
they're really infrared sensors - and claculators. B.O.B. can get you a beer.
most of the same capabilities as a home At a signal from his master's infrared
computer. He comes with programs "beacon," B.O.B. goes scurrying off to
that allow him to teach languages, play the kitchen, bouncing ultrasonic signals
games and patrol the house. left and right as a kind of radar that
But his manufacturer, California- keeps him from bumping into the walls.-
based Androbot, Inc., says B.O.B. is "Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
more than a $3,000 tangle of circuit Thursday, thirsty, thirsty, thirsty," he
boards and microprocessors. When he mutters electronically. "Oh, my
goes on the market in August, he'll be a master is thirsty."
pal with a personality. RESPONDING to a signal from
"Children come up to him and B.O.B., the specially designed
look him in the eye," said Rick Gibson, refrigerator dispenses a beer, and the
Androbot's marketing manager. robot trundles back to his master.
"Adults tend to pat him on the head. "Remember to open it before you
They approach him as they would a drink it," says the wisecracking robot.
friend or a pet." The refrigerator designed to work
Along with his less sophisticated with B.O.B. should be available by
brothers, F.R.E.D. and T.O.P.O., year's end, said Gibson, and will retail
B.O.B. is appearing in Chicago this for $495.
Conspiracy charged
in athletic recruiting

(Continued from Page 1)
The Court of Appeals yesterday
reversed the ruling saying that the
University is not a branch of the state
government and not entitled to im-
munity from legal action.
The case was ordered back to trial
court for further proceedings.
ORR, currently head basketball coach
at Iowa State University, and Snowden,
an athletic department official at the
University of Arizona, were
unavailable for comment.
But University assistant coach Steve
Fisher said the University does not
usually accept transfer students on the
basketball team. Rickey Green was the
only transfer student he could remem-
ber.
"Bill Freider (head basketball coach)
told me personally that we would not

recruit junior college players," said
Fisher. He said that the University's
recruiting history would disprove
Jones' claims.
UNIVERSITY attorney Roderick
Daane would not comment on the
charges when contacted by the Daily
yesterday because he had not read the
court opinion.
..Jones, who is only 5'9", was selected
the Most Valuable Player in the annual
Detroit East-West game and was
Snowden's protege, according to attor-
ney Quinn. Snowden was headed in the
spring 1968 for a job with the Univer-
sity.
Jones lives in Detroit with his mother
and has been in and out of mental
hospitals since college and is unable to
work.

TODAY
Easy way out
OR PEOPLE WHO can't say "no," Donald James Von Rase of
Madison, Wis. will make an offer they can't refuse. He will say "no" to
anyone for them for a mere $5 per year. "What easier way to say no when
you want to than say, 'Call my agent.' Then the call comes in and I look in the
card file to see if the request concerns one of my clients, then, very
diplomatically, I say, 'You know, I wish we could get together on this, but
I'm afraid it's just not going to work out." Von Rase, sold 4,600 copies of a
document a few years ago certifying the person was entitled to a place on the
Nixon Administration's "White House enemies" list. He guarantees he will
say "no" to every proposal.
HAPPENINGS
TUESDAY
Speakers
SYDA Foundation - "Music and Meditation," Laslo Slomovits, 8:00
p.m., 1522 Hill street.
TM Program - Introductory lecture on the Transcendental Meditation
Program, 8 p.m., 5281W. Liberty.
Meetings
Racquetball - Practice meeting, 6-8 p.m., Cts. 10 & 11, CCRB.
Society of Christian Engineers - Brown bag meeting, noon, 315 W. Eng.
His House Christian Fellowship - Fellowship & Bible study, 7:30 p.m., 925
E. AnnSt.
Ann Arbor Go Club - 7-11 p.m., 1433 Mason Hall.
Aikido - Practice 5 p.m., Wrestling room, Athletic Bldg.
Baptist Student Union - Fellowship & Bible Study, 7 p.m., Rm B, 3rd
floor, League.
Amnesty Int'l Group 61- 7:30 p.m., Union.
Gay Liberation Front - 7:30 p.m., Conf. rm. C, League.
Miscellaneous
CEW - Job Hunt Club (drop-in support group for active job seekers), 12-1
p.m., 350 S. Thayer St., 2nd Fl. of the Comerica Bank.
Student Wood & Crafts Shop - Introduction to Woodworking, 7-10 p.m., 537
SAB.
WEDNESDAY
Films
Hamlet, 6:30 p.m., Long Day's Journey into Night 9:10 p.m., Lorch.
CFT - Alice's Restaurant, 7:30 p.m., Easy Rider, 9:30 p.m., Michigan
Theatre.
Cinema II - I walked with a Zombie, 7 & 9:30 p.m., I Married a Witch, 8:20
p.m., Aud A, Angell.
Performances
Open Tower Carillon Demonstration, 4-5 p.m., Burton Tower.
Speakers
Psychiatry - James Sorensen, "Management Info Systems in Mental
Health: Accounting, Cost-Outcome & Cost-Effectiveness Analyses," 10:30
a.m., Children's Psychiatric Hospital Aud.
Chemistry - Val Goodfellow, "Recent Strategies For the Use of Cyclodex-
trins As Biomimetic Reagents and Catalysts," 4p.m., Room 1300.
EMU - Colin Beaumont, "The OPEN World: Universal Information
Management Through Communications," 7 p.m., Sheraton University Inn,
I-94 and State St.
Meetings
Tae Kwon Do Club - Practice, 6-8 p.m., outside behind IM bldg.
Nurses' Christian Fellowship - 4-5:30 p.m., 2703 Furstenberg.
Academic Alcoholics -1:30 p.m., Alano Club.
Mich. Gay Undergraduates - 9 p.m., Guild House, 802 Monroe.
Science Fiction Club - "Stilyagi Air Corps," 8:15 p.m., Ground Fl. Conf.
Rm., Union.
Miscellaneous
WCBN - "Radio Free Lawyer," discussion of legal issues, 8 p.m., 88.3 FM.

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