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Bright and Brief

September 7, 1985

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Step right up and shake claws with the robot, folks 3/8 It walks. It talks. It beeps. It blinks.

″Hello, there,″ Mr. Telebot, a pushy, $65,000 android, said to a startled news reporter.

″You’re not saying anything,″ the 200-pound automaton testily observed. ″You will have to be reprogrammed.″

Mr. Telebot was one of dozens of state-of-the-art ″personal robots″ rolling about the International Personal Robot Congress and Exposition on Friday, a three-day gathering of robot promoters.

″By the year 2000 there’ll be a robot in everybody’s garage,″ said Joe E. Herrera, a manager of the Tomy Corp. of Carson, Nev., who markets Omnibot 2000.

Omnibot implored visitors to observe ″my multifunction accessory panel.″

″I can please even the most impatient human,″ he declared. ″I am more than just a high-tech humble servant.″

The typical robot at the convention could talk and roll around on wheels. Some could grasp items and detect obstacles with sonic instruments.

One model on display was shaped like a dog, complete with ears and tail and a kind of hopper for taking kids for rides. Its name: Phydeaux.


NEW YORK (AP) - It doesn’t happen often, but Mayor Edward I. Koch was upstaged briefly Saturday - not by one of his challengers in this week’s Democratic primary election, but by Mayor Andrew Young of Atlanta.

Young and Koch were making an appearance together at Ralph Bunche Peace Park, across from the United Nations.

As they spoke, a man drove by in a van and, as he saw the two mayors, slowed down and stuck his head out the window.

″That’s Andy Young 3/8″ he bellowed. ″Hey, Andy 3/8″ Slowly he drove off, still hollering excitedly about Young.

Koch, accustomed to the center of attention, could take it no longer. Waving an arm after the disappearing motorist, the mayor screamed, ″What about me?″

He got no answer.

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