Meet the Rat

Humans: meet “The Rat,” my home-built robot journalist experiment.

Only a little larger than a coffee cup, The Rat can go where people can’t and capture images from a perspective people can’t.

The Rat is remote controlled, equipped with an iPhone (also remote controlled) and has room to add other capabilities like heat sensors, a telescoping rod to raise and lower the camera (right now it tilts, but doesn’t rise), sound capture, etc.

Building it required:

  • A basic Rover robot kit, powered by a Raspberry PI
  • An iPhone
  • Camera software that allows one iPhone’s camera to be controlled by another iPhone
  • A remote control
  • A custom “sketch” program written to tell the remote control buttons what to do

Help me out – what stories would you cover using The Rat?