TV Ad Tries to Capitalize on Robotics Education, Spectacularly Fails

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Apparently it's now "cool" to talk about robotics education when trying to improve your brand image, even when any actual robotics student can tell that no actual robotics education was ever involved.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpP2mH6jSoI&list=PLx5rSwZyx28hWE0IaPIk_9...

Chevron hires a crappy actor to play an excited 8th grade robotics student, since they can't find any actual excited 8th grade robotics students who are willing to show up in a Chevron commercial. The actor clearly has trouble pronouncing and remembering basic phrases like "servo motor" and "wireless microcontroller."

Two points:

(a) I could easily find Botball middle-schoolers who would laugh at this actor portrayal's incompetence, and at the crappily built robot, and at the fact that the teacher had to help them build it.

(b) What is a "wireless microcontroller"? Having WiFi? (Why would you need WiFi to move a servo?) Powering the servos without wires? (Ooh, magic!) Or do you just mean "battery-powered"? I've been doing robotics since 2003 and I've never heard anyone talk about "wireless microcontrollers."

[It should go without saying that my amusement at this epic fail in no way represents the opinions of YAC, NAR, WMS, AMS, KIPR, or anyone else whom I may associate with.]

-Jeremy Rand
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