News: DIY Video Chat Robot Lets You Be Two Places at Once

DIY Video Chat Robot Lets You Be Two Places at Once

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.

DIY Video Chat Robot Lets You Be Two Places at Once

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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Photos by kentbrew and DoNotLick
SOURCE Procastineering VIA Tested.

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