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"There was a time when one old eccentric guy with a notebook could do something important to science. Now even the resources of a major university are often not enough."
- Jerry Pournelle

Agile Recording Robot  
  A recording machine that moves toward its subject.  

[Judge Waring] glared suspiciously from Verrick to Cartwright and back to Verrick. "Is the recording business going?"

"Yes," Shaeffer said.

The recording robot crept agiley along the table and took up a position in front of Reese Verrick.

From Solar Lottery, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Ace Books in 1955
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There is actually a cell phone robot prototype with wheels that can autonomously move towards its owner to make it easier to answer a call; see the video of the Ubiquitous cell phone robot.

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