May 13, 2022

Elephant Robotics Begins Mass Production of Bionic AI Robotic Pet — MarsCat to Provide Comfort During Pandemic

With advances in AI technology, pet robots have become more bionic and intelligent. An AI-powered robot has the ability to understand and respond to human emotions. In 1998, Sony introduced the world’s first robotic dog, AIBO, an intelligent dog-like pet robot with the ability to interact with humans. The cloud-based AI engine not only gives the robot advanced features such as facial recognition and deep learning, but also allows users to name the robot, watch its growth, and add new tricks. Despite an increasing use of intelligent robots as home companions for children or the elderly, the price of an AI companion robot like AIBO is still prohibitive.

Back in 2020 at CES, an AI bionic robot pet MarsCayou Californiaattracts the attention of journalists and cat lovers around the world for its very avant-garde conceptyou, and its lively and unanimously received designwe praiseare and recognizeition. Likewise, this robot pet can walk, run, sit, stretch, express meows and other gestures independently. After two years of ongoing R&D, MarsCat began mass production to meet growing demand from the community, especially people with cat allergies and feelings of isolation.

The world’s first bionic robot cat

To create a friendly feline exterior, the team conducted extensive studies of other toy and cartoon cats, as well as the anatomy of real cats. Several design studies were conducted for key parts to assess technical performance as well as overall visual effect and expression. There are a total of 16 built-in servo motors, a 12-bit magnetic encoder and an integrated control circuit and a set of reducers inside its body to make MarsCat more bionic. These servos control angles, speed, torque, ID and receive data. With closed-loop control and scheduling algorithm and high-speed bus communication, it can realize 360° angle control, support speed, position, current, temperature feedback and control parameter setting functions, and the angle accuracy is accurate to 0.1°. Just like a real cat, MarsCat is completely self-sufficient, making it an ideal companion for seniors and children.

In addition to a bionic body, MarsCat has two OLED eyes that give it a realistic look. The eyes display a range of emotions such as joy, sorrow, drowsiness, fear, etc. Thanks to 6 pressure-sensitive/capacitive touch sensors on its head and body, this bionic robot cat will behave differently with the eyes display different emotions from various interactions. it detects from the user. For example, after touching for a while, a love icon will appear in its eyes, indicating that the cat appreciates the touch. Other sensors, including a TOF laser distance sensor and a microphone, help Marscat navigate and respond to your commands.

Unique cat petting experience

Needless to say, a visually cat-like robot is far from enough. What sets MarsCat apart from other cat toys is the “brain”. “As a bionic cat, in ethology, MarsCat should not only look like a real cat but also behave like a real one.,” mentioned Song, the founder of MarsCat. Unlike other robot cats which are controlled by an 8-DOF Arduino board, this robotic cat uses a more advanced 16-DOF microcontroller and the quadrupedal kinematic algorithm behind powered by quad-core Raspberry PI. Different types of sensors, including image, voice and touch, are integrated to enable rapid feature extraction, pattern recognition and motion planning, creating an intelligent brain for MarsCat.

Using AI technology, this robot cat has the ability to learn independently and develop its own personality. The more interaction it receives from the owner, the stickier it can beI don’t become. Such realistic stroking experience can hardly be achieved by other robotic cats. It is worth mentioning that MarsCat is built on an open source platform integrated with Raspberry PI 3, allowing users with programming knowledge to easily develop their own MarsCat. This means that cat owners can customize all functions or applications for different purposes.

Look forward

As people’s quality of life has greatly improved, while enjoying material well-being, they also have higher demands on emotional companins including pets, thus increasing the demand for intelligent companion robotyou. The global Artificial Intelligence (AI) robots market is estimated to reach $21.4 billion by 2026. With rapidly improving technology, decreasing electronic component costs and increasing anxiety in social situations, an emotionally responsive intelligent robotic pet like MarsCat is expected to become the future of companion robots.

MarsCat is designed by Elephant Robotics, a technology company specializing in the development and applications of operating systems and intelligent manufacturing services. To learn more about this smart bionic robot cat, please visit https://shop.elephantrobotics.com/

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