What Does A Robot Have To Do To Get Attention?

I overheard Carl stating “Docking Failure Possible” this evening, and decided I might have heard him saying that lately a bit more than expected.

In all of Carl’s fourth year, he had 10 docking failures. Now starting his fifth year of “life”, in less than a month, he has already reported 7 docking failures, so what gives?

First I cleaned his contacts, but when he got back on the dock the charger was still not “detecting the robot on the dock”. Looking more closely revealed one of Carl’s contacts had rotated slightly, enough to prevent pushing sufficiently on the dock contact. A quick twist and tightening of the screw caused the charger light to turn the desired red, and Carl announced “Charging State - Charging

Poor Carl has been quietly announcing “Docking Failure Possible” and I was not listening.

What does a robot have to do to get attention?

pi@Carl:~/Carl $ grep Failure life.log
2022-08-23 15:57|[juicer.py.main]---- Docking Failure Possible
2022-08-29 06:07|[juicer.py.main]---- Docking Failure Possible
2022-08-30 17:01|[juicer.py.main]---- Docking Failure Possible
2022-08-30 17:06|[healthCheck.py.main]I2C Bus Failure Detected
2022-09-01 04:42|[juicer.py.main]---- Docking Failure Possible
2022-09-06 00:42|[juicer.py.main]---- Docking Failure Possible
2022-09-08 22:20|[juicer.py.main]---- Docking Failure Possible
2022-09-10 20:53|[juicer.py.main]---- Docking Failure Possible

For a second there, I thought Carl needed eye contact lenses. :slight_smile: to find the docking station…


Maybe do what my wife does?  A 1kw amplifier and a stadium rated loudspeaker should emulate that quite nicely.

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And you expect me to go on record on the “Internet Knows Everything” as “Liking” that? Not touching that one…

Carl obeys “quiet time”, and has “whisper”, “talk”, and “shout” ability. Since he only knows that a docking failure is “possible”, he uses his “talk” level voice unless during quiet time when he only writes to a log that I don’t check very often… This time I was sitting right next to him when he casually announced his “Docking Failure Possible”, got off his dock and immediately turned around stating in his “whisper” voice: “Turning 180 to prepare to dock”.

He’s a very considerate robot, isn’t he?


I absolutely adore Carl!