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Zaka Haque

Urgent Help Needed

Started by Zaka Haque Feb 20.

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Can I use a Window laptop? 6 Replies

Started by Andrew Murray. Last reply by Adi Berlia Feb 12.

Marque Cornblatt

Why isn't Telepresence more popular? 10 Replies

Started by Marque Cornblatt. Last reply by Naohiro IIDA Jan 12.

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Cheaper alternative to screen! 7 Replies

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Marque - need some help; skype is linked, but commands aren't sent 6 Replies

Started by Brian. Last reply by Johnny Celenz Nov. 25, 2009.


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Welcome to Sparky Jr.

This site is dedicated to DIY, open source mobile telepresence.
Click the tabs above to get free software and instructions, plus how-to videos, hardware links and more connecting you the growing community of mobile telepresence and videochat ROV builders.

Feel free to post your own projects and get feedback from other members.

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Marque Cornblatt

Sparky Jr. interview with Robot Vacuum Cleaner Blog

Sparky Jr. was recently covered by a blog dedicated to robot vacuums. Thanks to Dave at Robot Vacuum Cleaner for the recent interview. See the entire article here

Posted by Marque Cornblatt on January 26, 2010 at 3:01pm



can someone write software for pc for this?

Posted by joey on January 16, 2010 at 11:21am

Naohiro IIDA


I am Naohiro IIDA in japan.

I like robots very much.
Up to now, I have produced more robots.

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It is thought that the telepresence is a killer application, and it is what I need it.

I was impressed to see Sparky Jr.
And, I also assume the way including production.


Posted by Naohiro IIDA on January 12, 2010 at 12:09am — 2 Comments

Marque Cornblatt

Great RC Car Telepresence Project

From MAKE Online

Check out this great little telepresence project by Maker Charles Palen. It uses a combination of technologies, including a Red5 Flash server for video streaming, WiFI, a netbook, RC car and homebrew RC interceptor device.

Yet another exciting variation of the telepresence concept, and cheap too. Way to go Charles!

Here's the video:

Posted by Marque Cornblatt on December 9, 2009 at 4:30pm

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Charlie the Robot Starts Work at Rest Home

[from CNET]

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Charlie takes his first tentative step (?) towards a world of telepresence robot helpers. In an Aukland, NZ rest home, the residents are responding well to assisted care performed by Charlie, a "health-bot" that is part of a university study to determine how people will react… Continue

Posted by Marque Cornblatt on November 25, 2009 at 1:05pm

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Sparky Xing

Posted by Marque Cornblatt on October 6, 2009 at 4:46pm

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Intel Robot Plugs Itself In - Now, Who Wants to Code This Up for Sparky?

From Intel Labs, via Gizmodo

"Not to get all paranoid, but robots can now find outlets and plug themselves in. And this isn't some Roomba gimmick either..."

Hey! What's wrong with Roomba gimmicks...?

Here's the whole story


Posted by Marque Cornblatt on September 29, 2009 at 3:26pm

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The Reality of Robot Surrogates - Bruce Willis on Mobile Telepresence

An interesting take on the state-of-the-art... With Die Hard!!


How far are we from sending robots into the world in our stead?

Anne Marie Corrley writes:
"Imagine a world where you're stronger, younger, better looking, and don't age. Well, you do, but your robo


Posted by Marque Cornblatt on September 24, 2009 at 1:30pm

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Boing Boing covers Studio 360 covering the Sparky Project

Lisa Katayama, writer, journalist and blogger wrote on Boing Boing:

"My segment on Sparky — a robot made by San Francisco artist Marque Cornblatt using a Mac Mini, Skype, and a hodge podge of gadget parts — aired this weekend on PRI's Studio360, the art… Continue

Posted by Marque Cornblatt on September 20, 2009 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

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Telepresence Dog Sitter or WiFi Enabled Chew Toy? You Decide.

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The Pet Care Robot (concept) is a Wi-Fi controlled bot that can serve as your remote eyes and ears from a web interface. But what's a bit different than a Rovio is that this robot allows you to play fetch through a remote controlled ball you can steer around the house—all while nurturing your animal throu… Continue

Posted by Marque Cornblatt on September 14, 2009 at 2:17pm — 2 Comments




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Sir i want to build this Telepresence robot for my Final Year Project...I can't afford Mac so i am in need of some code for windows platform... plzzz plzzz plzzz help me out i will be very thankful to
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Sparky Jr. was recently covered by a blog dedicated to robot vacuums. Thanks to Dave at Robot Vacuum Cleaner for the recent interview. See the entire article here
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I just downloaded Visual Programming Language R2 Express. It is the Microsoft Robotics Program. You can download it free from Thanks all of…
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I am writing the program that looks like Sparky_Jr by using VisalBasic6.0 now. It is scheduled to test this week. maybe it will work. However, I think that I cannot distribute ActiveS.dll because it is unpublished now. I think that I rewrite it n…
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can someone write software for pc for this?
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I had wrote Skype-based Apprication for robot. i want try to port sparky program to win. thanks,
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