Rongzhong Li started working on OpenCat as a hobby in 2016 while teaching computer science and robotics at Wake Forest University. He noticed his robot cat attracted students to STEM who might not otherwise care about robots. As a result, Li plans to manufacture two versions of OpenCat under Petoi, his new company based out of Factory Unlocked, a workspace that provides startups with tools to manufacture their products. Li plans to keep the code open source and offer a robotics kit with a basic lesson plan and some programming, where users will be able to “teach” it to sit or use facial recognition. One possibility he’s considering is integrating the robotic feline with Alexa, meaning this pet will actually answer questions. Read the entire article at The Incline.
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