"We want to create something that is adaptive to the animal, and can respond to movements and reactions; A SLAM (Simultaneous Location and Mapping) problem"
EEMCS awards start-up vouchers and office space on the 20th floor to promising student start-ups. Three of our Embedded System students are working on a robot to play with your pet when you are not around.
Dimitris, Lazaros (both from Greece) and Carlo (Italy): “When our prototype is ready it’s actually the other way around: we will first test it on humans, then on animals. The idea comes from Dimitris. He has a cat and he wants something to take care of it when he is not at home. We basically just followed him in his enthusiasm. There are some tools out there already to play with your pet, like a robot laser, but none of these are interactive. We want to create something that is adaptive to the animal, and can respond to movements and reactions. Doing this requires finding a clever solution to the SLAM (Simultaneous Location and Mapping) challenges are ahead. Also, pet behaviour is not documented, it goes beyond electronics. So it will be a challenge to find some sort of pattern in this. We all took the High-Tech start-up course by Koen Bertels. It motivated us to create a company out of this idea and to start working on a business plan.”