Make a New Friend

Monday, September 21, 2009 - 10:24 PM

Most robots take millions of dollars and years of research to build – but you can get started today on your very own, without any grant writing. And some of the materials you'll need might be cluttering up your house right now.

“Sparky” (an invention of artist Marque Cornblatt) uses a Mac Mini computer for its brain and a TV monitor for its head. The rest is up to you. Marque provides a list of the materials you'll need and instructions for assembling them at http://www.sparkyjr.com/. It's not as complicated as you might think. While you're there, take a look at some of the varied models that have already been constructed.

Multiple Sparkies

Marque is a self-taught engineer. His first robot was assembled from dumpster-dived trash and discarded technology items. While the list of materials he provides for enterprising followers isn't quite so basic (or unsanitary), it's still relatively simple.

Marque took Sparky for a spin at SFMOMA with our reporter, Lisa Katayama. So what are you waiting for? This is an opportunity to literally make a new friend.

Most robots take millions of dollars and years of research to build – but you can get started today on your very own, without any grant writing. And some of the materials you'll need might be cluttering up your house right now.

“Sparky” (an invention of artist Marque Cornblatt) uses a Mac Mini computer for its brain and a TV monitor for its head. The rest is up to you. Cornblatt provides a list of the materials you'll need and instructions for assembling them at http://www.sparkyjr.com/. It's not as complicated as you might think. While you're there, take a look at some of the varied models that have already been constructed – like the Pet Care Robot which keeps tabs on your dog while you're shopping at the grocery store and plays fetch with it.

Cornblatt took Sparky for a spin at SFMOMA with our reporter, Lisa Katayama.

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Comments [5]

Sajib

Still confused about it. :(

Sep. 22 2009 07:06 PM
oghex

just friendship..not more

Sep. 22 2009 05:45 PM
Narayan Chandra Sahoo

Friendship can not be compared with anything in the world.

Sep. 22 2009 03:48 PM
Narayan Chandra Sahoo

I am exploring the Face Book. My primary objective is to have friends.The reason is nothing can be compared with the love you have for the friends and anything can surpass the imagnation if it is between friends.

Sep. 22 2009 03:47 PM
psychologist1

it is great that technologies are so deeveloped today and they continue to develop. but frankly speaking i do not like any kinds of robots! i have such an impression that such robots will easily replace us in the nearest future. there us no need to make robots think as close to people as possible. we should not replace people by machines.

Sep. 22 2009 07:49 AM

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