If you don’t associate robots with cuteness, you’re missing out. This is perhaps the kawaii-est utilization of robotics technology we’ve ever seen. It’s also like a feline version of The Matrix. It’s completely incredible. I like the bonking in the head part.
Here’s what the genius who made this, Taylor Veltrop, says:
This is the culmination of my last year’s work. I control the robot’s arms through the Kinect and Wii remotes. I control the robot’s navigation through the Kinect and treadmill. I control the robot’s head through the head mounted display (HMD). I also see through the robot’s eyes with the HMD.
This was the second try accomplishing brushing the cat. On the first try we discovered that the positioning of the brush in NAO’s hand needed to be flipped 180 degrees from the intuitive direction.