Microsoft software engineer develops robot for his dog

When you work for Microsoft's Robotics Team, you get access to parts that many people may be unable to access, and when used properly they can create a virtually limitless number of outcomes. Engadget reports one of the outcomes; a robot intended to entertain a dog.

Jordan Correa is one of the employees in Microsoft's Robotics Team, and to his displeasure, his puppy Darwin would be left alone for eight hours a day during a normal working week. With a young animal in the house, it is important to keep it active and healthy, so Correa decided to see how effective a home solution could be. Armed with Microsoft's Robotics Developer Studio, a Kinect, and some parts, Correa went to work on what he calls "DarwinBot".

DarwinBot works with Skype, meaning Correa can simply call the bot's user ID and control it with an Xbox 360 controller. It can also take commands, and launch balls in order to play fetch with Darwin. Perhaps most impressively though, it has an automated treat dispenser as well, in case it is needed. So, DarwinBot is a rather remarkable creation, and Jordan Correa is happy to show his work to the public, going as far as sharing a video of DarwinBot and some of his reasoning for creating it.

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Why get a dog (or this case giant rat) if you and your partner are at work all day? Not very responsible to leave a dog (rat) for that long without walks in my opinion.

SuperHans said,
Why get a dog (or this case giant rat) if you and your partner are at work all day? Not very responsible to leave a dog (rat) for that long without walks in my opinion.

Weird thing about dogs, they can live to quite an old age. My last dog was 16 when we had him put to sleep and that was only because a taxi reversed onto our driveway and run him over.

So it makse sense that over the corse of 16 years, that one or more of the people who would normally look after the dog might need to get a job for what ever reason in them 16 years due to what ever hardship life throws at them.

Because a dog isn't just something you can throw away, Jordan was doing his best to provide exercise and brain stimulation for their dog.
Dogs don't need to be walked all the time, they will be just as happy with some social interaction while you're at work and will enjoy a walk before work and after work and one before bed time.

It's a lot more then what the dog would have got without the robotic assist and the chances are this dog gets more walks then you do

So he can't play with his dog because he's at work, working?

This robot is a great development, but it means he goes to work to play with his dog remotely, rather than work.

Tjcrazy said,

This robot is a great development, but it means he goes to work to play with his dog remotely, rather than work.
They probably count this "playing with his dog remotely" as work. That's the benefit of working in R&D: As long as you're in the labs or premises or whatever, everything you do is research.

hm i bored today i don't know what to do hm wait a minute i have an idea i'll build a robot for my dog lol

well done

texasghost said,
Could the guy look anymore like a nerd?

Agreed.

Girl problably married the guy for the money he makes off Microsoft.

hotosega said,
Nice. Great benefit if you work at Microsoft.

Or anyone else...

Nothing used was 'exclusive' or R&D tools, all of the development tools and software is freely available from Microsoft now.