According tomedia reports, some people may already be familiar with the recently reissued Sony aibo robot dog. But what if you prefer cats? The new MarsCat machine cat may be a good choice. MarsCat was developed by the domestic elephant robot company Elephant Robotics, which uses 16 electric joints to automatically move around its owner’s home. In addition to simply walking around, it will perform random activities such as playing, sleeping, and even burying imaginary trash in a trash can.
In addition to the servo motors and battery packs, other electronic devices the robot cat has included a camera mounted on the nose, a depth-sensing laser, a microphone, a speaker, six capacitive touch sensors, and a Raspberry Pi microprocessor. Using these tools, they are reported to be able to identify objects such as toys, avoid obstacles and respond to multiple voice commands.
In fact, each MarsCat develops a distinctive personality based on the way its owners interact with it. For example, the more frequently a user interacts with a robot cat, the more it will squeal toward them. Other decisive factors include the tone of the user and the number of times they have handled MarsCat. All in all, the personality of the robot cat will eventually change between the six character traits: enthusiasm vs indifference, energetic vs laziness, and socialism vs shyness.
Users who love these devices will be happy to know that they will be open source, which means they can create and share new software and hardware. It is reported that a three-hour charge of the robot battery can run for two to five hours, depending on the activity level.
MarsCat is currently the subject of kickstarter events. The product costs $649 (RMB4,540) and the planned retail price is $1,299 (RMB9,087).