Even as the United Nations has been asked to work on banning killer robots, there is news that the growth of friendly robots. Killer robots are being used in combat and have capabilities of acting according to programs rather than remote operation. The friendly robots are hard at work in the realm of meeting the demand for energy in the data center. The biggest name in this space is IBM which is coming up with the use of robotics in looking at heat maps in the data center.
The robot brings together the Roomba principle and uses a netbook, a webcam and sensors to do its job. It does its job by going around the data center and mapping temperatures everywhere.
By mapping temperature readings everywhere, the robot can help a data center operator know where cool air is getting wasted and where there is a build up of hot air.
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