|Written by Lucy Black|
|Saturday, 24 February 2018|
OpenCat is a project to build a robot cat and is an interesting project that demonstrates how much you can do with not a great deal.
Sadly, despite its name, it isn't currently open source - so be warned. But it is still worth seeing and, after all, we all like cat videos.
The inventor, Rongzhong Li, seemed to want to make it open source originally, but now has ideas about producing a commercial kit.
We are developing programmable and highly maneuverable quadruped robots for STEM education and AI-enhanced services. Its compact and bionic design makes it the only affordable consumer robot that mimics various mammal gaits and reacts to surroundings. Its innovative soft joints reduce wear or shock and extends the lifetime of hardware.
This video shows the development stages of my robotic cat. It is now patent pending. We are currently forming a startup and looking for potential collaborations. I can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I can say now that fame, rather than fortune, is the most likely outcome for a project like this and open sourcing it as OpenCat is the best way forward to achieve this.
The current cat is the result of one and a half years work on seven different models. The most interesting thing about the hardware is that it makes use of an Arduino for motion control and a Raspberry Pi for higher level functioning.
Take a look at the video to see the development:
The twin controller architecture is interesting and currently there are two versions being developed:
I wish the project luck, but I also wish that it was open source so we could all contribute.
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|Last Updated ( Saturday, 24 February 2018 )|