Want to keep an eye on your home while on vacation? Terrorize your family pet while at work? A homespun telepresence robot might be just the ticket! Luckily, thanks to shrinking hardware costs and the efforts of renowned hardware hacker Johnny Chung Lee, building a physical avatar has never been easier!
Lee's robot has two important parts: an iRobot Create and a lightweight netbook running Skype. Notable extras include a wide-angle lens and a plastic stand to raise the computer to tabletop height. Total cost? About $500.
Kind of creepy? Sure! But that's part of the appeal. You'll find Lee's code and a full step-by-step here.
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SOURCE Procastineering VIA Tested.