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

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

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

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

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