Klamath Falls, Ore. – Is there a robot somewhere in your future?
A competition was held Saturday in Klamath Falls that may provide a glimpse into the future.
50 students from half a dozen schools met at Klamath Community College for a robotics competition.
The future of robotics is as big as the imagination – we asked students what ‘real life’ tasks they’d like a robot to perform.
“A recycling type thing – so it would pick up the bottles, tip it upside down and dump out all the nasty liquids – and then put it in the recycling bin.”
“Probably one that would clean up – that would be cool.”
“It would clean my room for me, and it would definitely do all of the dishes.”
“Building shelters and stuff – something that could lift higher up and help get into higher places.”
“To carry a lot of materials for that building – instead of just having people use these carts and everything, to carry up to the building – and have robots do that instead.”
Winners will head on to a state competition later in the year, which could then lead to nationals.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.