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  • noun A remote manipulation system in which a slave device mimics the motions of a master device manipulated directly by the operator.


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From the Robert A. Heinlein story Waldo, published in Astounding in 1940, derived from the name of the eponymous protagonist, Waldo F. Jones, who invented remote manipulators to overcome his own myasthenia gravis.


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  • Have you been to the Waldo Astoria? between Albuquerque and Santa Fe on an exit off I-25 at the top of La Bajada.

    September 19, 2007

  • Heehee! Really?

    September 19, 2007

  • That's great. Actually I'm not even sure where Waldo is... ;-)

    September 20, 2007

  • Fbharjo just said, uselessness. Aren't you listening?? ;-)

    September 20, 2007

  • When you consider that most of New Mexico looks like this... becomes quite clear that finding something "between Albuquerque and Santa Fe" is easier said than done. :-P

    September 20, 2007

  • Wow! Nifty photo! :-)

    I was just kiddin', uselessness. I'm just jealous, having always wanted to visit NM and not yet having managed it.

    September 20, 2007

  • It's a beautiful state, and my time spent here is utterly wasted. I guess that's true for me wherever I live, though, being an out-of-shape air-conditioned computer nerd. ;-)

    September 20, 2007

  • Move to PA, and you can turn off the A.C. for half the year and freeze your ass off instead. ;-)

    September 20, 2007

  • Wally. His name is Wally.

    June 29, 2008

  • "Some Muppets don't have eyes at all; instead, glasses, lashes or eyebrows function as 'eyes'. Others have the ability to roll their eyes, blink or move their eyebrows. Builders use a variety of methods to accomplish this, including wires and strings accessible to the Muppeteer, remote controls or a motion-capture device (known in the industry as a Waldo) worn on the hand of another performer.

    - Shanna Freeman, How Muppets Work,, cited 4 Sep 2009.

    September 4, 2009

  • When I lived in PA, I dated a guy named Wally for a while. Really.

    September 4, 2009

  • My husband had a friend who was cooking up the idea of Where's Waldo books on tape. Think about it, cuz it's pretty funny. A sampling:

    Astronaut. Scientist. Alien waitress. Waldo. Octopus-man. Space cop. Waldo's cane. Cyclops. etc.

    PS: I live in PA but I haven't met Wally yet.

    September 4, 2009

  • Waldo, Florida is the place where I first saw Catahoula Leopard dogs - prized by old Florida cattlemen for their fearlessness and ability to negotiate even the thickest palmetto scrub to extricate stray range cows and bring them to the herd.

    September 4, 2009

  • The waldo looks nervous.

    January 2, 2012