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Technology There’s a robot cat you can back on Kickstarter

18:17  26 december  2019
18:17  26 december  2019 Source:   theverge.com

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Elephant Robotics has launched a Kickstarter for MarsCat, a robot pet cat . At the moment, there isn’t a place where developers can upload and share their programmed actions, but Song tells The Verge that there should be a place on Elephant Robotics’ website for that by the time MarsCat starts

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You may have heard of Aibo, Sony’s robot dog, but if a robot cat is what you’ve always wanted, you’re now able to back one on Kickstarter. In fact, it actually looks kind of cute.

a close up of a toy© Image: Elephant Robotics

MarsCat, made by Elephant Robotics, looks a lot like a cat, but it’s not realistic enough that you’ll be fooled into thinking it’s a replacement for a furry feline that might already wander around your house. But it seems as if Elephant Robotics is trying to give MarsCat a lot of cat-like mannerisms, and it can apparently do things like bat at toys, stretch its front two feet out, and even accept chin rubs! Aw.

a close up of a toy© Image: Elephant Robotics

MarsCat comes in white, gray, ginger, and black, and it’s outfitted with six capacitive touch sensors, a 5MP camera in its nose to help it “see,” and is powered by a Raspberry Pi 3. Elephant Robotics tells The Verge that you’ll get between two to three hours of battery life with “constant interactions” and up to five hours for low usage, such as when MarsCat is lying down or sitting while still powered on.

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Enter Ebo, a new cat companion robot now on Kickstarter . Ebo is a small, round robot that can autonomously roll around the house, keeping your cat Ebo also packs some more traditional cat toys, too. The swappable head piece has feathers or string for puss to play with, and there ’ s a built-in

This app-controlled robot cat toy will satisfy your cat ’ s natural instinct to hunt, while you control the mouse directly from your phone. The toy robot advanced positioning sensor allows it to navigate any space without getting stuck. With the VARRAM mobile app, you can check in, give a treat, schedule

Elephant Robotics says your interactions with MarsCat will shape its personality. For example, if you talk with MarsCat a lot, MarsCat will apparently meow at you more often in response. The company also says MarsCat can recognize 20 keywords, and CEO Joey Song tells The Verge that MarsCat will recognize specific commands different people might use, such as saying “come” instead of “come here.”

If you want to change the behaviors of MarsCat yourself, Elephant Robotics says you’ll be able to program actions for it using an open API and its Raspberry Pi. At the moment, there isn’t a place where developers can upload and share their programmed actions, but Song tells The Verge that there should be a place on Elephant Robotics’ website for that by the time MarsCat starts shipping to backers.

If you want to back MarsCat, it will cost $649 for the first 100 backers, and that cost will go up in increasing amounts depending on how many people have already backed it. If you’re one of those first 100 backers, Elephant Robotics estimates it will deliver MarsCat in March 2020, with later backers getting their MarsCats later in 2020.

When MarsCat officially goes on sale next year, Elephant Robotics says it will cost $1,299. That may seem expensive — comparatively, Sony’s Aibo robot dog costs $2,899.99 — but robot pets just don’t come cheap. At least not yet.

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