The world is full of reasons to love dogs. How could you not? They are cute, kind, caring and always try to make friends. The world is also full of reasons to love technology. But is there a way to bring these two together? Is the world ready for robot dogs?
The answer is yes! Petoi has just given us a unique chance to own a fully robotic canine friend – all you have to do is build it yourself.
Successfully funded on Kickstarter, Bittle is an open-source palm-sized bionic robot dog. It evolves with an open-source gene, so it’s an open platform that you can use to merge gadgets from multiple manufacturers into one organic system. But if you prefer to keep things simple, Petoi includes all the parts you need to bring your Bittle to life, including a lithium-ion battery that lasts one hour.
Bittle supports Scratch, C++ and Python coding languages, providing a wonderful opportunity to improve your programming skills. It comes with a custom Arduino board, and you can clip in various sensors to bring perception. You can also add AI by mounting a Raspberry Pi or other AI chips to take the experience up a notch.
With all of these amazing features, it’s no surprise that parents of bionic dogs are thrilled with Bittle, and there are plenty of reviews to prove it. For example, a reviewer on G for gadget was charmed by Bittle’s educational possibilities, stating, “Bittle can be used for STEM education. It’s an ideal gadget for teaching and researching STEM projects.” Another opinion on The NewsGod said that this little tech dog could even replace a real dog, “The Petoi Bittle robot dog is a mini marvel. If you can’t afford to have a real dog, you can consider investing in this pet robot .”
You can buy Petoi Bittle: palm-sized robot dog for STEM & Fun! for just $299.
Prices subject to change.