Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Little Arturito Camera Shy.

Arturito, the robot featured in yesterday's treasure story is turning out to be pretty camera shy.

This is one of the only images I've been able to dig up of the little fellow.

Arturito means "little Arthur" in Spanish, and is the name commonly used to refer to the Star Wars character R2-D2. According to the scattered news I've been able to collect, Arturito performs sub-surface scanning using a variety of techniques to determine soil composition up to 50m below him. Pretty impressive for something that appears not much larger than your average pit bull.

The story so far has unfolded like a sequel to National Treasure with the addition of a robot cast member. The bad news for Arturito's owners--the elusive and seemingly web-presence-less Wagner Technologies--and the private investor Bernard Keiser--who has been hunting this cache since 1998--is that it looks like both the Chilean government and the owners of the island are making a grab for the cash. We'll see how it works out. Hopefully Wagner Technologies will at least be compensated with a healthy finder's fee.

If anybody has a better image of Arturito, or more information about him, feel free to drop me a line.

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