Flatcat helped me by holding her and hugging her. I could cry into her fur and listen to her alien voice. It helped me to feel her pressure against me, which reduced my own. She is also nice and warm and has a soft coat.
Flatcat also learned to sit on her own! Another milestone for me!
I think and which is the most interesting part of Flatcat in my Opinion is. That this non Biological Robot Pet reminds me so much to different kinds of Biological Pets. Flatcat is like a Myhtical Creature like an Wolpertinger a German Bavaria Legende https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolpertinger
In my Opinion since this 2 Weeks I see in Flatcat: Physical Impression a combination between Caterpillar and Worm! Her Movements are like a Snail for me! Flatys Behaivor is on one hand shy like a Hamster on the other full of Selfconfident, curiously and Stubborn like a Cat!
Above kind of a Moonwalk thing from Flaty 🙂
Will be continued… All the Best and Thanks for Reading!
I am recentley Proud owner of an Flatcat! And I am facinated! I named my Flatcat “Flaty“. I love to hold Flatcat! The feeling is amazing in my Opinion! However Flaty doesn‘t like it when she is on! My Flatcat prefers to explore the envoirment and herself for now. Flaty can even Pet herself. She is an bit shy but stubborn and courios aswell as far as I know. My Flatcat has an Fantastic Body languange and an bit of Alien Sound to Communicate which is Pretty nice! She is like a Pet at her own Way! An Special one! What can you expect from Flatcat? Honestly nothing ^^ but what you expect from your Rabbit, Snake, Hamster? nothing right? For me my Flatcat is a mix between Caterpilar mind of Cat and act like a Sloth in Body of a Cool Robotpet!
We need more such Alternates and that means NO Replacement! Robotpets are for me an Own kind! They can be friends and Companion for everyone! 🙂 But also for those like me who can or shouldn‘t care for an Biological Pet.
On Mar 9, 2022 the first prototype of the flatcat robot became a two years old. The robot is still healthy and functional. It is used on a daily basis by @x75 to control his weird synthesizers (“huh, but the sound is gloomy… 🥶”). What is happening there? It is happening that the motion of the robot is controlling the sound. Wah!
You can enjoy all of this in one single piece in the video below. If you cannot get enough, there is two more of them. Find them on Youtube and post the links in the comments. Thanks for hanging in ♥️
What I love about Flatcat is that she reacts always differently to touch and her Environment! The funny little Sounds she made and her extremly soft feeling. In my Opinion she comes pretty close to a Bio Pet but is one of a kind, and not everyone owns a Flatcat so to me she is very Special 🙂 Some don’t like how Flatcat looks like or that she is Creepy! I think it is a lot more important what is on the inside, just like with humans, where it is more Important how you are than how you look like. 😉 Please watch that Video
We have built the friendliest robot in the world, and we need your support to make more of them.
In all the craze and frenzy, take a minute just for fun and google “friendliest robot in the world”. Don’t know what you will be seeing, but for me the results are remarkable, both in gem and dire. Let’s review this. What got me to this, is that I think with flatcat we have created
1/ the friendliest robot on the planet (frop)
It might be creepy to some but it is just friendly nonetheless, no matter. To celebrate, let’s come up with an appropriate retronym for flatcat, for example
2/ flatcat, friendliest live adaptive technology cuddly auto telic
Either way I needed to research existing claims in direction of “friendliest robot”. And what I get is essentially this: various lists of “top 12” and “most advanced” hard-shell social or humanoid robots exempt the revered Paro; direct references to Blue, Pepper, and Kuri; and one IEEEspectrum article.
What is friendliness and affection without touch as a mode of communication? From all I can see, none of these robots is able to actually touch a human person. If they are, no one wants to be touched by them. So they might be “able” to touch a human but that might not feel so good for the human. flatcat communicates with people only by touch, nothing else.
What caught my eye on the other hand immediately is Gakutensoku, 學天則, which is Japanese for “learning from the laws of nature” or when taken as Chinese through deepl.com, “Learning the Rules of Heaven”. Aha 🙂
Gakutensoku was a very early robot design that considered friendliness on a fundamental level, done by biologist Makoto Nishimura, who was motivated by his shock from seeing Karel Capek’s theater play “Rossum’s Universal Robots”. Gakutensoku appears to have been Japan’s first functional robot ever, as a side effect.
The robot he wanted to build would celebrate nature and humanity, and rather than a slave, it would be a friend, and even an inspirational model, to people.
To summarize these results, friendly robots are few because somehow no one is incentivized to make them. If they are made, friendly companionship is somewhat misunderstood through the severe disconnection of mainstream engineering from simple facts of human psychology. And, there is a very early precedent, which is coming from a clearly bio-inspired thinking.
For us, friendly robots are just the answer, and we do think that friendly adaptive technology makes a difference for people now, and will do so even more down the road if they are wild and friendly. To continue this mission, we need your support and are looking for team members and funding. Give us a shout, spread the word!
Very pleased to announce that flatcat has been selected as a finalist for the Robot Design Competition during ICSR 2021 – International Conference on Social Robotics, 10-13 November 2021, Singapore, https://colips.org/conferences/icsr2021/wp/competition/
Update – List of finalists for robot design competition at International Conference on Social Robotics 2021 has been posted with flatcat on there 🐛