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Man Hacks Together Kinect, Wii, Video Goggles, Treadmill And Little Robot To Virtually Groom Cat

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Because using your real-life hand is just far too simple and inexpensive, Taylor Veltrop managed to hack together an XBox Kinect, Wii, head-mounted video goggles, a little treadmill and a $16,000 robot to remotely groom a cat. Wow, the cat looks thrilled about it too.

In Veltrop's setup, the HMD provides him with the robot's viewpoint and also controls the Nao's head and neck--whichever way the operator turns his head, the robot moves in kind. Wiimotes are used to control each hand, while the rest of the robot's bodily movements are generated by cues picked up by the Kinect. So when Veltrop walks forward on a treadmill, the robot begins walking forward. If he turns sideways the robot rotates itself in place.

Cat grooming aside, the implications of this tele-presence avatar technology actually sound pretty promising. Namely in the realm of adult entertainment. That's right, folks -- virtual avatar sex. *puts on virtual reality goggles, slams peener in desk drawer* "...Why'd you do that?" I don't know but I'm regretting it.

Hit the jump for the robotic avatar tele-presence cat grooming or whatever the f*** it is in action.

Video: Groombot Brushes Cat, Ushering in a New Era of Remote Robo-Petting [popsci]

Thanks to Brian and Philip, who groom their cats the old fashioned way: watching them lick themselves. You gotta yell at them if they go for their b-hole though!

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  • Guest

    Beta testing for future robotic avatars. :D

    Anyway, pretty awesome concept. Make it smaller and ya' can fight alien bugs in your friend because he ate a sammich at a gas station. (tee hee guess my ref)

  • JimmyThr

    what a shitty fps rate

  • Buddy4095

    This would be great for home / remote place security survelience.  Need a better robot that can really walk / do things.

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  • Holy freakin' crap!  Who is this guy? Who does he work for? If he's "between jobs right now", dammit, I want him to work for me at my company!  There are SO many applications for this that it makes me dizzy. Two words: Virtual  X-men... for starters.

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    Shortwave Industries: All jokes aside, we freakin love this kind of stuff...

  • Saw this on HuffingtonPost yesterday. Is it just me, or is that video extremely disorienting to watch?

  • utera

    i think the kinnect is limited by its usb interface, so webcam video + the other sensors probably have a limited frame rate, and or he just didn't consider that bit a priority;)

  • and this is why we will never have teleportation devices or a cure for cancer- people are too busy working on unnecessary gadgets.

  • J Doe

    Unnecessary, maybe, but studies in the fields that aren't the most important at the time often open up new branches to study in. Take spaceships as an example. Necessary? No. Did it provide many useful technologies for us normal people down on Earth? Yes. Maybe we'll have a cure for cancer eventually, but that's more difficult than making ways to move a robot with your own body. And so is teleportation, which we won't be seeing for a long time.

  • Eric Hettervik

    "*puts on virtual reality goggles, slams peener in desk drawer*"   HAHA! You can't make me laugh that loud at work! I'll get caught!

  • Monochromatyczny Wojownik

    well, i just wasted 4 minutes waiting for the robot to suddenly stab that cat and choke the lady

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