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First user created Spykee video on YouTube

Posted 25 Sep 2008 at 04:01 UTC by roschler Share This

The Meccano Spykee spy robot is finding its way into the hands of users in the United Kingdom. This is the robot that Meccano claims can be controlled from a remote Skype video call session while Skype streams audio and video to you across the connection. The first Spykee owner video was posted today by biker blogger Sven. The 8 minute video shows in detail Spykee's interface and it's various capabilities including the robot navigation controls, audio effects, sound effects and more. There's plenty of point of view footage as he drives Spykee around the house while showing you the video feed in the software interface's video window. If you have trouble setting up the WiFi link to Skype another YouTube video shows you how. Robot tinkerers will be excited by the Spykee because it is compatible with the Erector set of parts. Also, there is a .NET API that is claimed to allow you to write your own software around the Spykee robot. Originally Meccano said that the software was going to be open source so it is not clear if this is a step backward from open source to a simple API. Only time will tell.

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