CoN reader Sean Michael Newton brings to attention this video of the DarwinBot, a robotic pet companion. The robot, built by Microsoft robotics engineer Jordan Correa, 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's a developer on the Microsoft Robotics Team and recently built a remotely operated robot for interacting and playing with his pet over the internet. It has two way audio and video through Skype, a ball launcher, treat dispenser, ball recovery arm and a pan & tilt camera.
It is built on the Parallax EDDIE hardware platform with the Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 4 development tool.
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