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Mountain View Library's Newest Robot Assistant

Click here if you have trouble viewing the slideshow on a mobile device. MOUNTAIN VIEW – Only in Silicon Valley will a robot return your library books to you. Residents of downtown Mountain View have their first look at the future with the debate on BookBot, the library's newest non-human helper. A creation of Google's site 120 – an experimental breakdown of the technology's juggernautote is the company's first personal delivery robot to hit the streets and begin to interact with the public, says Christian Bersch, the project's leading leader. [embedded content] It is part of a program to test the water in what might be possible for autonomous electric robots, he said. "Right now we just want to learn how this would work, how it works and what types of problems we would run into," he says. "It is still an active development." Charlotte Ito, 6, right, close the Book Bot cover off the Mountain View Library in Mountain View, California, Thursday, March 7, 2019. The book pickup device makes home calls to retrieve library books and returns them to the Mountain View Library. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group) The pilot will run for nine months with a human handler following behind the BookBot in the first six months, he said, just to make sure it works as planned, take it out of trouble when needed and observe how people respond. After that, a man will sit behind the controls remotely. And on a new Thursday, the…

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MOUNTAIN VIEW – Only in Silicon Valley will a robot return your library books to you.

Residents of downtown Mountain View have their first look at the future with the debate on BookBot, the library’s newest non-human helper. A creation of Google’s site 120 – an experimental breakdown of the technology’s juggernautote is the company’s first personal delivery robot to hit the streets and begin to interact with the public, says Christian Bersch, the project’s leading leader.

It is part of a program to test the water in what might be possible for autonomous electric robots, he said.

“Right now we just want to learn how this would work, how it works and what types of problems we would run into,” he says. “It is still an active development.”

Charlotte Ito, 6, right, close the Book Bot cover off the Mountain View Library in Mountain View, California, Thursday, March 7, 2019. The book pickup device makes home calls to retrieve library books and returns them to the Mountain View Library. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

The pilot will run for nine months with a human handler following behind the BookBot in the first six months, he said, just to make sure it works as planned, take it out of trouble when needed and observe how people respond. After that, a man will sit behind the controls remotely.

And on a new Thursday, the answer was overwhelmingly positive, and children screamed at the robot’s sight and immediately jumped in their path to see if it was the cows quit. (It does.) Adults either pulled out their photos to capture pictures or video and gawk or went nonchalantly.

Mountain View City Council approved a new licensing system last year to allow companies to try out personal delivery devices on its streets. Starship Technologies was the first to launch its April-April on-demand food and package delivery for Intuit employees on its 4.3-hectare campus.

Mary Campione returns a book with Book Bot in Mountain View, California, Thursday, March 7, 2019. The book pickup device makes home calls to retrieve library books and returns them to the Mountain View library. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

Mary Campione, a mountain view living for more than 30 years, said it is no surprise to see more robots roaming the streets of Google and other tech companies’ hometown.

“We live in the epicenter of technology,” says Campione. “There are autonomous cars running all the time and robots in restaurants. So no it is not so surprising. “

Campione heard about BookBot on Facebook when it was launched in late February. It only works within a certain line of Mountain View Public Library, and hours are limited to Thursdays from 11:00 to 8:00 am Users must schedule the pickup time in In advance, which – because the fine is quite popular – means planning at least a week ahead, it can take up to about 10 things, said Bersch, depending on the size of the books.

Because she lives only a short walk, Campione said it didn’t is likely to order a pickup again. “It’s a novelty. I was just kind excited because it’s fun and it’s a good use of technology. “

A book Bot travels near the Mountain View Library in Mountain View, California, Thursday, March 7, 2019. Book Download The device makes home calls to retrieve library books and returns them to the Mountain View Library. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)

Like all libraries, Mountain View finds that there is a certain percentage of scofflaws, for some reason, failing to return their books, says library director Tracy Gray, hoping that the fine will provide people with limited mobility to recover from An injury, is sick or has a family of sleep at home further opportunity to continue to benefit from library services.

“It’s just a good way to give people comfortably to return their books without leaving the house,” she said. ]

And there are many other ways that robots like these could provide comfort to people’s lives, says Sriram Vangheeburam, a Fremont bos that works in Mountain View, he stopped to marvel at the BookBot passing.

Sure, it collects books right now, he said but how about used articles for charities? People don’t tend to donate much of their stuff because they don’t have the time, he said. Maybe something that this delivery’s bot can save a trip to the savings collection, he wondered.

“It’s totally exciting,” Vangheeburam said. “It’s about helping people, and there’s so much more you can do about this.”

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