Toy Robot Trained to Guard Owner's Home
The next advancement in home security may be as close as the nearest toy store.
An article on Slashdot.com today (Nov. 10) describes an ingenious project undertaken by Robert Oschler, a Florida-based programmer. Oschler modified a toy robot to act as a roving home security patrol.
Oschler bought a Rovio, a Wi-Fi enabled mobile webcam robot made by consumer robotic company WowWee that comes standard with a camera, microphone and speakers. He outfitted the Rovio with a software program he created called Robodance that enhances the robot's audio and video capabilities and creates specific routines for the toy robot which can be controlled through Skype over a Wi-Fi signal.
Oschler's Robodance software is available for free download at his site, Robodance.com.
Slashdot's article links to one by Help Net Security, whose Zeljka Zorz argues that Oschler's roving robot patrol could provide adequate security for homeowners.
This set up may not be reliable enough for guarding, let's say, a bank, but for the home is well enough, Zorz wrote.
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