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The New AI Cat Is Very Cute Looking

You could have heard of Aibo, Sony’s robot dog, but when a robotic cat is all that you needed, you’re now capable of getting one on Kickstarter. The truth is, it really seems the type of cute.

MarsCat, made by Elephant Robotics, appears to be like quite a bit like a cat; nevertheless, it’s not sensible sufficient that you just’ll be fooled into pondering it’s a substitute for a furry feline that may already wander around your home. But it appears as if Elephant Robotics is making an attempt to present MarsCat lots of cat-like mannerisms, and it might apparently do issues like a bat at toys, stretch its entrance two toes out, and even settle for chin rubs.

MarsCat is available in white, grey, ginger, and black, and it’s outfitted with six capacitive contact sensors, a 5MP digicam in its nostrils to assist it “see,” and is powered by a Raspberry Pi three. Elephant Robotics tells The Verge that you simply get between two to 3 hours of battery life with “fixed interactions” and as much as five hours for low utilization, akin to when MarsCat is mendacity down or sitting whereas nonetheless powered on.

Elephant Robotics says your interactions with MarsCat will form its persona. For instance, in the event you speak with MarsCat so much, MarsCat will apparently meow at you extra, usually in response. The corporate additionally says MarsCat can acknowledge 20 key phrases, and CEO Joey Song tells The Verge that MarsCat will acknowledge particular instructions totally different individuals would possibly use, comparable to saying “come” as an alternative of “come right here.”

If you wish to change the behaviors of MarsCat your self, Elephant Robotics says you’ll be capable to program actions for it utilizing an open API and its Raspberry Pi. In the meantime, there isn’t a spot the place builders can add and share their programmed actions; however, Song tells The Verge that there ought to be a spot on Elephant Robotics’ web site for that by the point MarsCat begins transport to backers.

If you wish to again MarsCat, it should price $649 for the primary 100 backers, and that value will go up in rising quantities relying on how many individuals have already backed it. For those who’re a kind of first 100 backers, Elephant Robotics estimates it would deliver MarsCat in March 2020, with later backers getting their MarsCats later in 2020.