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The Spykee Security Robot

Posted: October 10th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Tech | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

20100222-Update:
I found a site with some resources of people that have hacked their Spykee’s already.
Check it out here.

So I was browsing the web last weekend while hanging out with some friends, and came across something spectacular.  On woot.com (A site I check daily) there was a deal for the “Spykee Robot”.  A Wifi-enabled robot that you can control from a PC.  It has a webcam for a “head” and you can control it from their software locally on your wifi, or over the public internet.  Plus it has an auto-docking feature to dock to it’s charging bay if it is parked or within 2 yards of it. It sparked my interest because it was geared as a “security” robot.  So I could leave this at my place and have it email me pictures if there was any movement, or if I left my lights on/iron plugged in/etc.  My friend Mike also wanted one, so I placed the order that day for 2.

Friday evening I received both boxes in the mail via FedEx (undamaged too!) and decided to build them first thing Saturday morning.  I brough the new purchase over to my friend’s house and we began the build.

I’m not going to review the features or anything, there are plenty of other sites that have done that already.  But not many with good pictures on the build or videos.  Also, the demo videos are hilarious.

Manufacturer Site:
SpykeeWorld

Good site for tech specs:
Hacked Gadgets – Spykee-meccano-Robot

Here is the box:

The box.

Packaging:

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Supposedly over 200 parts that you can use:
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Instructions were decent…until you got to the base assembly.  Which is why I went and tore it all down a few times in the time-lapse and just built from my imagination.
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Overall it was pretty fun.  The purpose of the post was to introduce people to it (I got it for $99 off of Woot.com), but it is pretty sweet.  My plans are to write a web interface for it so you can publish the webcam to your webpage and queue people up to control it for a specified duration.  Should be interesting.

If you need help with the point-to-point, Wifi-configuration, or questions, I can help.  Leave a Comment.
Techno Deck Rave – Freak the Neighbor’s (Dog) Out:

First Person POV from another Robot ..box push:

A picture taken from my Robot to Mike’s:
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The Final Build Pics of the Customized Designs:
Mike’s
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Mine:
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Time Lapse of the build (With a DJ G-regg Mix):


So now when I travel on business, I can see what’s going on with my place.  :)

Cheers
-Gregg


5 Comments on “The Spykee Security Robot”

  1. 1 Mike said at 2:57 pm on December 31st, 2009:

    have you had any luck with the web interface? I’m looking to do the same, but my programming skills are non-existent :)

  2. 2 admin said at 7:05 pm on December 31st, 2009:

    Hi Mike,

    At the time of writing the article, I didn’t know any other details on their interface or how they control the robot from their software. I haven’t had any progress on writing anything, or even trying to debug how they are accomplishing the control now.

    As of right now I’m scratching the idea and have plans to do a similar project with a custom-robot in the future.

    Let me know if you find anything.
    Cheers, and happy new year.

    Gregg

  3. 3 Harsh said at 3:49 pm on January 7th, 2010:

    I to was wondering if had any luck? Or anyone for that matter? lol I would be more than happy to help where I can!

  4. 4 admin said at 4:51 pm on January 7th, 2010:

    Hi,

    At this time, I’ve had no luck in cracking it. But other projects are the reason.
    Do you have one?

    I’m thinking of doing a packet capture while connecting and see what is going on, I’ll post my findings. Help is appreciated. :)

  5. 5 kevin said at 1:24 pm on September 15th, 2010:

    Hi, How did you configure it over the internet since the spykeeworld.com site is not available anymore?
    thanks


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