MarsCat, a Purrfect Bionic Pet Cat for You
MarsCat is the world’s first bionic pet cat developed by Elephant Robotics, aiming to be a home robot, a robotic pet to comfort you and surprise you. Just like a real cat, MarsCat is fully autonomous. No extra instruction is needed to control its movements.
It is fully responsive and has sensitive interactions. It can feel your touch, hear your voice, see your face and play with toys. Every MarsCat is unique from its eyes, body to personality, its personality will change according to the way you pet it. With powerful quad-core Raspberry PI, you can also program it easily and give it endless possibilities.
MarsCat can also be an ideal choice for education, research and commerce.
A Bionic Cat, a Programmable Home Robot
Bionic and Independent
You will never know what MarsCat will do next because it is like a real cat, fully autonomous. MarsCat acts independently without any instructions. MarsCat walks, runs, sleeps, sits, stretches, bites nails, kneads and even buries litter although she won’t produce any waste. It may express different emotions by different meows or gestures.
MarsCat is a good companion, it is fully responsive and interactive. It can play with you or your toys because it can feel, hear and see. Touch its head, chin or back to find out what it will react! It can also interact with objects or people nearby, even play with real cats.
- Feel: You can touch its head, jaw and back or even hug it.
- Hear: You can talk to MarsCat to order it to walk or come to you, but it will not always follow your command, it has its own feeling.
- See: MarsCat will see you or see its own toys. MarsCat can play Teasers (by moving object recognition), Toy-ball, Toy-fish or find its own bed.
Unique and Personality Developing
MarsCat is unique from its eyes, body to personality. MarsCat has 6 characters which can be changed. She may be enthusiastic or aloof, energetic or lazy, social or shy. Her personality develops through the way you pet her.
The factors that express MarsCat’s personality:
- Frequency of speaking
- Enthusiastic or not when having interaction
- Frequency of movement
- Tone of sounds…
MarsCat will be more enthusiastic if you interact with her more, be more talkative if you talk to it more…
Open Sourced and Programmable
You can program MarsCat easily and make it with endless possibilities. With powerful quad-core Raspberry Pi, you can create your own applications. MarsCat is also an ideal choice for education, research and commerce.
With MarsCat SDK, you will have access to a huge amount of sensors and actuators at the same time to fulfill your own Cat applications. Also Protocol and library are open-source embedded in Raspberry PI. Everyone can build your own function of cat for education and commercial usages.
The brain of vertebrates consists of forebrain, midbrain and hindbrain. Animals receive different stimulations (endocrine system) and release different hormones into blood to influence body and behavior through its central nervous system.
As a bionic cat, in ethology, MarsCat should not only sense like a real cat but also behave like a real one. So the classical artificial intelligence is used into MarsCat. It enabled the sequence from sensor to action.
We choose to open source because we think every people could be the creator of this new creature, you can customize any functions or applications yourself. Helping everyone enjoy Robots World is what we dream to do.
How Personality Grows
Like a real cat. It has different characters and personalities. Some cats are vivacious, while some are lazy. Some cats are aloof while some are more close to human. Also, some cats are super curious and they meow frequently.
MarsCat is built to allow you to shape its personalities. More interactions with MarsCat will impel it to be more close to you. More conversations with MarsCat will impel it to meow to you often. Every time you touch it, talk to it or even let it see you, will change its personality.