erco +1

Macaroon is our new family member today, I have lots of Scratch programming to do. I/O training.


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"When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

- Pablo Picasso

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  • New kitten in a newly-filled litter box -- like a clean boot! Warning: cuteness factor overflow!

    Great name, BTW. Congrats on the new addition to the fam!

    -Phil
    “Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • ercoerco Posts: 17,854
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    Glad to hear you approve! The twins named her Macaroon. Seems like a good fit.

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    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • You mean an excellent fit.
  • Have mercy!
    Whit+

    "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." - Walt Disney
  • Remember: No wiring up an Arduino to Macaroon's whiskers to see if she'll finish your figure 8 contest.
  • Remember: No wiring up an Arduino to Macaroon's whiskers to see if she'll finish your figure 8 contest.

    +1

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  • ercoerco Posts: 17,854
    Remember: No wiring up an Arduino to Macaroon's whiskers to see if she'll finish your figure 8 contest.

    You shouldn't have suggested that. It's all I can think about now!

    https://www.amazon.com/Backyard-Brains-RoboRoach/dp/B00QDHD1WS

    JK, it's a pity that PETA's such a PITA, said Peter to the PotUS.

    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • ercoerco Posts: 17,854
    Of course this tiny furball is taking over the house and our lives now as she acclimates and explores her world. She's only 4-5 weeks old and it's fascinating to watch how her motor skills, coordination and balance improve daily. Two days ago she couldn't drink out of a bowl without choking/inhaling milk or water, now she's lapping like a pro. Still tripping over her own feet occasionally, but now she can run. Self-programming, self-optimizing, self-tuning PID in action!

    She's got a very healthy purr and of course the twins asked WHY. A little Googling turns up some surprising info that purring is a status indicator for kittens, a homing beacon for mothers, and a way to stimulate endorphins for calming and healing. That sure beats a robot's LED status light and IR homing beacon in my e-book.

    http://www.rd.com/advice/pets/why-do-cats-purr/

    Maybe there's a market for a purring robot cat for therapy and companionship, along the lines of the Paro seal. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-1124231/Robot-baby-seal-Paro-helps-elderly-dementia-patients-Hong-Kong.html

    Of course I also foresee robotic cat toys, servos wiggling yarn & feathers, rustling paper bags and opening flaps in cardboard boxes. Might be time for Macaroon to have her own Youtube channel.

    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • Here's 10 hours, but it's not the same without the fluffiness. I wasn't surprised to find that lol.


  • ercoerco Posts: 17,854
    Sometimes, not always, sound is enough. Hysterical sounds.

    http://triggur.org/robodump/
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • Be careful. A purring cat or kitten will cause the individual whose lap she's in to fall asleep.

    Now why are your robots moving to Africa?
  • ercoerco Posts: 17,854
    This kitten only has a 20% duty cycle. Sleeps 80% of the day. Nice work if you can get it.
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • erco wrote: »
    This kitten only has a 20% duty cycle. Sleeps 80% of the day. Nice work if you can get it.

    Also normal. I also arranged for that to happen, the kitten that is.
  • ercoerco Posts: 17,854
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    I'm honestly trying to avoid becoming a "cat video" person, but this was too funny and somewhat robot-related. "Deactivating" a wild kitten with a clothespin on the scruff of the neck. I presume this simulates being carried in mommy's teeth. Didn't know kittens came with factory-installed E-stops.

    Among other funny comments: Cat.exe suddenly crashed

    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • kwinnkwinn Posts: 7,446
    Wow, that's amazing and hilarious at the same time. Thanks for posting it.
    In science there is no authority. There is only experiment.
    Life is unpredictable. Eat dessert first.
  • I wonder how long the effect lasts until kitty is wise to it. Time for some experimentation, erco! Enquiring minds want to know!

    -Phil
    “Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • Any plans for assimilation into your collective? Or is this one thing that will stay battery free.

    Has it crawled on your shelves yet, cats make toys out of almost anything.

    Good luck with your new family member, keep the cat hair out of the gear motors!
  • ercoerco Posts: 17,854
    MikeDYur wrote: »
    keep the cat hair out of the gear motors!

    Cat & dog fur in the gears & axles remains the #1 reason for "defective" returns of battery-op toys!
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • ercoerco Posts: 17,854
    erco wrote: »
    Of course I also foresee robotic cat toys, servos wiggling yarn & feathers, rustling paper bags and opening flaps in cardboard boxes.

    No sooner said than done. Not sure what I did to warrant a free online subscription to MAKE magazine, but today's issue has a $500 DIY smart laser toy for cats. And from the looks of that fat cat, he's in serious need of some exercise.


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    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • Yeah, that cat's a real low-rider. All he needs is a good subwoofer and some rap-music-activated LEDs on his underside, and he'd be ready to cruise the Boulevard.

    -Phil
    “Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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