Sparky Jr.


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Skype plugin for "control booth" for Windows 2 Replies

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Welcome to Sparky Jr.

This site is dedicated to DIY, open source mobile telepresence.
Click the tabs above to get free software and instructions, plus how-to videos, hardware links and more connecting you the growing community of mobile telepresence and videochat ROV builders.

Feel free to post your own projects and get feedback from other members.

Blog Posts

iSparky Prototype Teaser Video

Check out this hot-off-the-presses clip of the iSparky prototype going toe-to-toe with a 2 year old girl.  Telepresence has never been quite this adorable before.



iSparky is still in the prototype stage. It utilizes an iPad 2, an iRobot Create chassis, Apple Facetime software and the Sparky Control App. It can be operated from anywhere in…


Posted by Marque Cornblatt on July 13, 2011 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

iSparky Telepresence Prototype Spotted at TEDxSF

I am pleased to finally be able to reveal the next evolution of the Sparky project - known as iSparky.  Based on the iPad 2 and the iRobot Create chassis, iSparky is an App-based solution to low-cost DIY mobile telepresence.


iSparky was unveiled at a recent TEDxSF event, held at the…


Posted by Marque Cornblatt on June 9, 2011 at 12:30pm

Sparky Jr. interview with Robot Vacuum Cleaner Blog

Sparky Jr. was recently covered by a blog dedicated to robot vacuums. Thanks to Dave at Robot Vacuum Cleaner for the recent interview. See the entire article here

Posted by Marque Cornblatt on January 26, 2010 at 3:01pm


can someone write software for pc for this?

Posted by joey on January 16, 2010 at 11:21am — 1 Comment


I am Naohiro IIDA in japan.

I like robots very much.
Up to now, I have produced more robots.

It is thought that the telepresence is a killer application, and it is what I need it.

I was impressed to see Sparky Jr.
And, I also assume the way including production.


Posted by Naohiro IIDA on January 12, 2010 at 12:09am — 2 Comments

Great RC Car Telepresence Project

From MAKE Online

Check out this great little telepresence project by Maker Charles Palen. It uses a combination of technologies, including a Red5 Flash server for video streaming, WiFI, a netbook, RC car and homebrew RC interceptor device.

Yet another exciting variation of the telepresence concept, and cheap too. Way to go Charles!

Here's the… Continue

Posted by Marque Cornblatt on December 9, 2009 at 4:30pm

Charlie the Robot Starts Work at Rest Home

[from CNET]

Charlie takes his first tentative step (?) towards a world of telepresence robot helpers. In an Aukland, NZ rest home, the residents are responding well to assisted care performed by Charlie, a "health-bot" that is part of a university study to determine how people will react to robot assistance.

Read the full story… Continue

Posted by Marque Cornblatt on November 25, 2009 at 1:05pm

Sparky Xing

Posted by Marque Cornblatt on October 6, 2009 at 4:46pm

Intel Robot Plugs Itself In - Now, Who Wants to Code This Up for Sparky?

From Intel Labs, via Gizmodo

"Not to get all paranoid, but robots can now find outlets and plug themselves in. And this isn't some Roomba gimmick either..."

Hey! What's wrong with Roomba gimmicks...?

Here's the whole…

Posted by Marque Cornblatt on September 29, 2009 at 3:26pm

The Reality of Robot Surrogates - Bruce Willis on Mobile Telepresence

An interesting take on the state-of-the-art... With Die Hard!!


How far are we from sending robots into the world in our stead?

Anne Marie Corrley writes:

"Imagine a world where you're stronger, younger, better looking, and don't age. Well, you do, but your robot surrogate—which you control…


Posted by Marque Cornblatt on September 24, 2009 at 1:30pm


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