Robot Dude wrote:
............. But honestly I think the sig line more accurately represents my dislike of the stress of running a business where "robot" is a metaphor for the company.
In that case, Jim, I fear you may be hoist, a bit, on your own petard. Perhaps "robot" is an overly constraining term for your vision of your company. But you must admit that you have created a company and a product line that inspires and excites robot hobbyists around the world. Worse, to compound your sins, you consistently offer a high grade of customer service both in part satisfaction and also in a constant stream of advice and counsel on how to make effective and innovative use of your parts and products. In short, you talk the talk that helps us make our robots walk the walk.
Perhaps your company may yet escape the confining term "robot." Recent additions to your offerings of servos and control boards or systems such as pan and tilts push your horizons further out. Your encouragement on the forum of extra-traditional projects such as DiaLFonZo's copters, INNERBREED's animatronics, anything of Zenta's inventive genius, or the programming tours-de-force of Kurte or Xan, certainly illustrates the versatility of Lynxmotion's products.
But as long as servos commanded by microcontrollers in response to sensors are equated with robotics, I am afraid your company will be branded that way.
You might consider learning to live with it and basking in your glory. Or you could consume the bottle your avatar trundles around. Either one should reduce your "stress" to endurable limits.