When a Robot Is the Life of a Party
Improvements in technology for getting machines to talk and move about, as well as a drop in the price of components, have robots rolling into the consumer mainstream.
Sometimes, ignorance is bliss. We saw two examples of this last week. The first came when a new search engine - Cuil (www.cuil.com) - was unveiled. The launch was an old-style PR operation. Some influential bloggers and mainstream reporters had been briefed in advance, and whispers were circulating in cyberspace that this would be Something Big. Cuil would be the 'Google Killer' everyone had been waiting for.
High Tech Computer unveiled a new version of its popular "Touch" smartphone, as the Taiwanese firm seeks to challenge better-known rivals like Apple.
1 to remove a curtain-like covering from a new statue, etc. at a formal ceremony in order to show the opening or completion of a new building or work of art:
The memorial to those who had died in the war was unveiled in 1948 by the Queen.
2 If you unveil something new, you show it or it make known for the first time:
A new government policy on forests is due to be unveiled in April.
Idioms & Phraseslife of the party
A lively, amusing person who is the center of attention at a social gathering. For example, Eileen was the life of the party, telling one good story after another . [First half of 1800s]