Sparky Jr.

Marque Cornblatt's Blog – March 2009 Archive (4)

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…

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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

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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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