Kickstarter launches cutest robocot startup

Elephant Robotics has announced the launch of a fundraiser for the MarsCat Robot. The machine simulates the behavior of real

cats and even knows how to change their character depending on the actions of the owner.

The only thing missing is the fur

MarsCat took over some of its living relativeshabits: he can play, stretch and rub his face on objects. The robocot is available in white, gray, ginger and black, equipped with six capacitive sensors and a 5-megapixel camera in the nose, which replaces his eyes. The internal systems are built around a single-board Raspberry Pi 3 computer. The battery provides up to three hours of battery life with “constant interaction” and up to five hours at low load, for example, when the MarsCat is lying or sitting.

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According to Elephant Robotics, interaction withMarsCat defines his personality. For example, if you talk a lot with the robot, it will meow more often in response. The cat recognizes 20 keywords, as well as specific commands.

However, the most interesting thing about MarsCat isthe ability to independently program its behavior using the open API. Craftsmen, if desired, can make of it something like tamagotchi, a walking voice assistant or integrate it into smart home systems. It turns out pretty flexible base, which can also entertain children. However, judging by the video, the robocot still lacks agility.

You can order MarsCat through Kickstarter, it will cost $ 649 to the first hundred customers. The price will increase as sales increase. First deliveries are expected in March 2020.