This is a video of Microsoft robotics engineer Jordan Correa explaining and demonstrating the robotic "pet companion" he built to keep his dog Darwin company when he and his wife are at work. It was hacked together using an X-Box Kinect, laptop, robotic claw arm (for picking things up), a robotic throwing arm (for playing fetch), and even has a treat dispenser so the dog doesn't piss itself and run away every time the thing comes to life. Jordan can control the robot from work using a PC and X-Box controller. Impressive work, Jordan, but I've actually installed a hidden cam before to see what Chloe does when I'm not around, and it wasn't miss me or wish she had a robot friend to play with. It was sleep. Well, sleep, and fart in her sleep. At one point it looked like she woke herself up with real stinker, then blamed a pillow and moved to the other end of the couch. That's it -- that was her entire day. "I'm jelly." Same.
Hit the jump for the last thing your dog will ever see (before hiding under the bed).
Robot Dogsitter Of The Day [geeks.thedailywh.at]
Thanks to Mark, who agrees they should make a cat version. Oh yeah, cats LOVE robots (plus sudden movements). And to Jonny5 Is Alive, who won't be for much longer if I have anything to do with it.