This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

I agree
Learn More
Great Geek Gifts in the Technabob Shop!Get Technabob Daily: Join our Mailing List! | Follow Us: Facebook | Twitter
subscribe to our rss feedsubscribe via e-mailfollow technabob on twittertechnabob facebook fan pageGoogle+follow us in feedly
Follow Us:

DarwinBot: The Robotic Dog Sitter

by Conner Flynn

You’ve heard of telepresence, where you can attend meetings while not actually there by using a robot proxy, but using a robot proxy to play with Fido is a new one to me. That’s just what Jordan Correa and his wife have done here. They must really love their dog.

They both work full-time jobs, so they miss their pooch named Darwin. Correa has training in robotics and engineering so naturally he built a telepresence robot surrogate that he could control from work to play with his dog.

It’s called the DarwinBot and it uses a Parallax EDDIE chasis and is programmed with the beta of Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 4. That makes sense as well because Correa is a developer in Microsoft’s robotics division. It has all of the bells and whistles you would expect from a telepresence bot for dogs, like a treat dispenser, a ball-launching ballista, a ball-retrieving robotic arm, and speakers so Darwin can hear his master’s voice.

He can even interact somewhat naturally with Darwin thanks to the onboard tablet PC, Skype, and a pan-and-tilt webcam. There is also a Kinect camera system on top for obstacle avoidance and a downward-facing webcam for the absolutely necessary ball retrieval. He controls it over the Internet with an XBox 360 controller. Surprisingly, Darwin isn’t freaked out at all by the robot and the mechanical noises it makes. The dog seems to get what is going on and for the most part acts naturally as if he is with his master.

[via Neatorama via Geekosystem]

Comments are closed for posts older than 90 days.

Recent Posts

Colin Furze\

Colin Furze's Flamethrowing Guitar & Smoking Bass: Through the Fire & Vapes


World's Longest Pizza Measures More Than a Mile Long

Star Trek Shuttlecraft Tent Concept: Summer Camp, the First Frontier

Star Trek Shuttlecraft Tent Concept: Summer Camp, the First Frontier

1:1 Scale Star Wars Luggabeast Is Truly Luggable

1:1 Scale Star Wars Luggabeast Is Truly Luggable

Anatomical Lung Necklace Takes Your Breath Away

Anatomical Lung Necklace Takes Your Breath Away

More from Awesomer Media...

The Awesomer Logo MightyMega Logo 95octane Logo