Re: Building Robigotchi

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Tue Oct 10 2000 - 12:44:21 MDT

Ken Clements wrote:
> Eugene Leitl wrote:
> > Btw, the methanol fuel cell thingys seem to maturing rapidly. If you
> > can get them to burn ethanol (letting a bottle of methanol lying
> > around the house is asking for trouble, whether you have children, or
> > no), you can make a robogotchi with a thirst for high-proof
> > hooch. Your robogotchi would start pawing you for vodka, when its
> > energy resources will be running low. You could also make it find its
> > feeder (filled with spirits) automatically.

What would you call the robogotchi that is a boozer? Bender, of course!

> >
> > It's more fun that way, and fuel cells have a higher energy density
> > than batteries.
> If I had the time, I would develop ethanol fuel cells for laptop battery
> replacement. That way one could keep one's computer running at full power on
> those long airline trips, and get a business tax write-off on the "fuel."

Ah, I like the army's MEMS proposals for mini turbine power plants (smaller than
batteries). I think the only problem with having any sort of fuel burning power
plant is that it would severely degrage air quality in airliners (which is bad
enough already). We finally got rid of smoking in flight, now you want to bring
it back?

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