IT is littered with three-letter acronyms (TLAs), but a team of scientists at the University of Pennsylvania in the US have outdone themselves with a nine-letter classic.
They have created a robot to perform a simple, yet distasteful task, but naming the beast of their creation probably took longer than developing and building it.
The robot is designed to seek out and identify Potentially Offensive Objects for Pickup (POOP) from a given field using its color cameras, according to Gizmodo.
Once all the POOP in the area has been located, the robot will drive to each pile, pick it up and deposit it in a bucket for disposal.
And there you have it, a Perception Of Offensive Products and Sensorised Control Of Object Pickup (POOP SCOOP) system that is capable of clearing 12 individual POOPs in 20 minutes.
Great to know, but as unpleasant as it is to pick up the processed remains of the dog food you spend a fortune on every month, it is unlikely that many people will want to cough up another $400,000 for the high-tech POOP SCOOP.
Having doubtless spend a fair amount of time coming up with the device and its classic acronym, perhaps the team at the Penssylvania GRASP labs need to work on getting the cost down for the mass market.