Bored? You too can build one of these with stuff you can buy on Amazon and some know-how.
With more than 15 years experience testing hardware (and being obsessed with it), Crave freelance writer Matt Hickey can tell the good gadgets from the great. He also has a keen eye for future technology trends. Matt has blogged for publications including TechCrunch, CrunchGear, and most recently, Gizmodo. Matt is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CBS Interactive. E-mail Matt.
As a tech blogger who gets to see cool stuff daily, I may be a bit jaded. On Monday, my editor asked if I felt like writing about a mind-controlled networked miniature spy robot and my initial reaction was "meh." But then I thought about what she'd just typed and it hit me that it's a mind-controlled networked miniature spy robot. Of course I felt like writing about it!
It's a homemade bash using WowWee's Rovio Wi-Fi robotic Web camera and Emotiv Systems' EPOC gaming headset, which lets players manipulate a game environment with their mind and facial gestures alone. Using Emotiv's SDK and his own Robotdance software, RobotsRule resident mad scientician Robert Oschler hacked together a system that allows him to use the headset to control the robot remotely via Skype.
We can't find a good reason to put this all together except one: it's totally awesome. But that doesn't mean some others won't find an actual use for the setup. The Rovio robot is available now, the Robotdance 5 beta package will be available on May 20, and the EPOC headset will be out later this year, just in case, you know, you want to make your own mind-controlled networked camera-equipped spy robot.