Brainlink turns your toys into Android devices

Retrofit your Robosapien and other IR devices with smartphone capability. Why wouldn't you want to talk to your TV?

BirdBrain Technologies

How can you make your Roomba or Robosapien smarter? Try this hacker device that connects home electronics with your Android smartphone or laptop.

Brainlink is a controller that links robots and other IR devices to Android phones and laptops via Bluetooth.

The controller attaches to the robot and relays commands through its IR detector. It has a light sensor and accelerometer and ports for other sensors to add capabilities.

Roombas equipped with it could, for instance, avoid hitting walls if a proximity sensor is added. Or you could train Robosapien to find you a beer if you use an object-recognition app. There's a growing library of tools.

Apart from robots, you could use Brainlink to control your TV with your voice, or use your Android phone as a remote.

The controller has a Bluetooth range of 30 feet and works with Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android.

BirdBrain Technologies, a spinoff from CMU, recently began selling Brainlink for $125. They're targeting home hackers and educators who want to add something different to a computer science or electrical engineering class.

"My robot ate my homework" might be a good excuse after all. Check out Brainlink in the promo vid below.

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