Sparky Jr.

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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…


Added 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…


Added by Marque Cornblatt on June 9, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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

Added by Marque Cornblatt on January 26, 2010 at 3:01pm — No Comments


can someone write software for pc for this?

Added 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.


Added 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

Added by Marque Cornblatt on December 9, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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

Added by Marque Cornblatt on November 25, 2009 at 1:05pm — No Comments

Sparky Xing

Added by Marque Cornblatt on October 6, 2009 at 4:46pm — No Comments

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…

Added by Marque Cornblatt on September 29, 2009 at 3:26pm — No Comments

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…


Added by Marque Cornblatt on September 24, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Boing Boing covers Studio 360 covering the Sparky Project

Lisa Katayama, writer, journalist and blogger wrote on Boing Boing:

"My segment on Sparky — a robot made by San Francisco artist Marque Cornblatt using a Mac Mini, Skype, and a hodge podge of gadget parts — aired this weekend on PRI's Studio360, the arts and culture radio show… Continue

Added by Marque Cornblatt on September 20, 2009 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Telepresence Dog Sitter or WiFi Enabled Chew Toy? You Decide.

The Pet Care Robot (concept) is a Wi-Fi controlled bot that can serve as your remote eyes and ears from a web interface. But what's a bit different than a Rovio is that this robot allows you to play fetch through a remote controlled ball you can steer around the house—all while nurturing your animal through a built-in speaker in the robot's base.

Also of note, the Pet Care Robot has two large eyes that any dog will love to chew into a… Continue

Added by Marque Cornblatt on September 14, 2009 at 2:17pm — 2 Comments

Military Drones Get Audio - Full Face Video Can't Be Too Far Off

From WIRED Danger Room...

"Your Predator drone has all the latest gear, including communications, laser target designator, day and night cameras and, of course, Hellfire missiles. But, according to Special Operations Command, it still needs that essential finishing touch: the latest sound system."

It is a logical… Continue

Added by Marque Cornblatt on August 12, 2009 at 6:14pm — No Comments

Make: Magazine Profiles Sparky for Maker Faire Bay Area 2009

Make: Magazine has assembled a terrific profile of the Sparky project in anticipation of Maker Faire Bay Area 2009. Read it Here.

The folks at Make are a great bunch. They publish an essential how-to magazine and host the ultimate DIY science and art fairs all over the world. They have always been supportive of Sparky. Thanks… Continue

Added by Marque Cornblatt on May 14, 2009 at 6:54pm — 1 Comment

New Battery Hack for Mac Mini powered Sparky Robot

Just posted: Secrets of easy DIY Li-Ion battery hacks. DO try this at home...

Battery Hack Page

Added by Marque Cornblatt on May 3, 2009 at 10:48pm — No Comments

Step-By-Step Guide to DIY Telepresence Robotics

Easy to follow guide for making a videochat telepresence robot from common toys and computer gear. Most of the materials required for this project is available off-the-shelf and much of what I used was already in my shop from previous projects –hopefully you will have some similar gear, but be prepared to improvise, dumpster dive or hit Craigslist for missing parts.

Sparky uses Skype as the foundation for the video…


Added by Marque Cornblatt on March 17, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Transhuman Brain Transplant Performs Hamlet

Uncle, From Sony's City of Lost Children

While presenting Sparky at Maker Fair, I met Chris Jeffries, who sent along this link.

It’s a fascinating recount of Daniel C. Dennett, the first person to successfully have his brain removed and live to tell about it. Since winning his freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Pentagon, he can now share his unique story of physical disembodiment… Continue

Added by Marque Cornblatt on March 17, 2009 at 1:24pm — 1 Comment

Vint Cerf Confirms the Future of the Internet Belongs To Telepresence Robots

Vint Cerf, quoted from an Interview with Ed Cone:

"I expect to see much more interesting interactions, including the possibility of haptic interactions - touch. Not just touch screens, but the ability to remotely interact with things. Little robots, for example, that are instantiations of you, and are remotely operated, giving you what is called telepresence. It's… Continue

Added by Marque Cornblatt on March 17, 2009 at 1:16pm — No Comments

MAKE Magazine profiles Sparky - Read the story here.

Thanks MAKE!

One of the best resources for all things DIY, MAKE Magazine, just published a story I wrote about Sparky, the Autonomous Telepresence Robot project that I've been working on since the early 90's.

The project has come along way since those early days, transforming from a crude assemblage of found parts and junk into a robust, web-based, mobile telepresence platform that uses cutting edge technology to function almost… Continue

Added by Marque Cornblatt on March 17, 2009 at 1:13pm — No Comments

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