Microsoft engineer Jordan Correa has invented a robot to keep his dog company while he and his wife are at work.
Named DarwinBot (after his dog, Darwin), Correa controls his ‘remote petsitter’ via the internet using Xbox controllers and onboard cameras to guide him. DarwinBot can throw a ball, and even dispense dog treats. Correa can even talk to his dog by signing into Skype.
Correa believes that Darwinbot keeps Darwin from getting bored or lonely during the day while he’s at work. As clever as his invention may be, we can’t help but think that another dog would have been an easier – and much more natural option.