January 17, 2013

Pepper the parrot and his little blue buggy

Andrew Gray, an engineering student at the University of Florida, has a pet parrot named Pepper. It seems that Pepper suffers from separation anxiety and shrieks and squawks when he is not near his family. After trying several things to stop all the fussing, he decided to put his learned skills to good use. He built Pepper his very own buggy. It's a small battery powered platform on wheels, tricked out with sensors so that Pepper doesn't bump into anything. It took four months to design and build the buggy and , after three months of training, Pepper can now steer it forward, backward, left, and right.

Watch Andrew try to teach Pepper how to steer right. Pepper didn't quite get the gist of it in this video. After all, two wrongs don't make a right but 3 lefts do!

See more videos of Pepper and his buggy on Andrew's YouTube channel.

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