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John Hawley and His Dr. Who-Inspired Robot K-9 (Video)

Roblimo posted about 8 months ago | from the my-dog-is-doggier-than-your-dog dept.

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By day John Hawley is a mild-mannered open hardware evangelist for Intel. But after hours he is the master of K-9, a robot dog he works on a little at a time. Yes, this is a Whovian thing, which is why John's K-9 looks so much like the Doctor's. But K-9 is also a pretty good dog on his/her own. No vet bills, no constant hunger, no barking at feral cats in the middle of the night, obeys every command... so maybe Dr. Who and John Hawley have the right idea when it comes to canines. Except.... aww.... my dog, Terri the Terrorist Terrier, just licked my hand. What a sweetie! Terri may not take orders from a hand-held remote, but she has a lot of other fine characteristics, including affection. K-9 is very cute in a squared-off, mechanical way, though. Hard to resist, despite a lack of soft fur and no tongue for licking his/her master's hand. (Alternate Video Link)

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no chick magnet (1)

turkeydance (1266624) | about 8 months ago | (#47224897)

maybe a rare earth one or two.

Re:no chick magnet (1)

kaladorn (514293) | about 8 months ago | (#47227441)

You've clearly never seen Leela of the Seva Team (aka Survey Team).


What the hell (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#47224909)

Are you blabbering on about? Get an editor... oh wait, you are one.

Re:What the hell (4, Insightful)

HornWumpus (783565) | about 8 months ago | (#47225021)

Is this /. or a preteen's blog?

Worst summary ever.

Crappy summary = SlashDot's distinguishing feature (2)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | about 8 months ago | (#47225553)

>> Worst summary ever.

You must be new here.

Another advantage to K-9 (1)

The123king (2395060) | about 8 months ago | (#47224949)

He doesn't shit on the carpet.

He's not called "Dr. Who" (1, Flamebait)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 8 months ago | (#47225069)

John Hawley and His Dr. Who-Inspired Robot K-9

It's not "Dr. Who".

so maybe Dr. Who and John Hawley have the right idea

His name isn't "Dr. Who" or "Doctor Who." He's just the Doctor.

See sig!

his/her master's hand

master/mistress, surely?

Re:He's not called "Dr. Who" (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#47225119)

master/mistress, surely?


Re:He's not called "Dr. Who" (1)

uCallHimDrJ0NES (2546640) | about 8 months ago | (#47225141)

Wow. That's a lot of obligatory fan responses. You must be easy to wind up! I've loved K9 and all of the robot animals ever since they appeared with Dr. Who and his granddaughter in "King Kong Escapes". I can't believe anyone ever watched that BBC ripoff TV version.

Re:He's not called "Dr. Who" (1)

Immerman (2627577) | about 8 months ago | (#47225157)

Why are you assuming they are referring to the character rather than the show? That works just as well in context. e.g. "Maybe Star Trek and Patrick Stewart had the right idea on how to deal with aggressive hive-minds."

Re:He's not called "Dr. Who" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#47225221)

"Dr Who," "Doctor Who," or "The Doctor" are all correct.


Dogs.... (1)

NormHome (99305) | about 8 months ago | (#47225389)

Dogs can be very sensitive to their owners feelings i.e. "You're feeling down friend, maybe a lick on the hand will make you feel better" and each one has it's own personality (anyone whose owned multiple dogs knows that) and while the idea of a robot dog modeled after K-9 is cool there's just no programming love. (at least right now)

Re:Dogs.... (2)

camperdave (969942) | about 8 months ago | (#47226021)

"You're feeling down friend, maybe a lick on the hand will make you feel better"

You're sure they're not just tasting you and hoping that you're about to kick off?

Re:Dogs.... (1)

NormHome (99305) | about 8 months ago | (#47227079)

I can't speak to all breeds but there have been many recorded cases of dogs guarding their owners dead body's without any signs that the animal ate any part of the owner and it took animal control to take the dog away because it wouldn't allow anyone to come close.

My dogs have always been incredibly sensitive to my feelings, if I'm down they'd come over and lay their head on my foot or lap or go get their ball and throw it at me as if to say "Come on buddy, lets have some fun". I've never heard of a dog eating their dead owner, so I doubt that very much.

Re:Dogs.... (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | about 8 months ago | (#47231307)

Occasionally a little dog will partake of owner. But generally dogs would rather starve.

Cats, on the other hand, are just biding their time.

Re:Dogs.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#47231743)

If you haven't heard of a dog eating his dead owner, you haven't been listening;

Of course, some don't wait for death, sleeping is close enough

Re:Dogs.... (1)

HornWumpus (783565) | about 8 months ago | (#47231295)

When a dog licks you he is kissing you. When a cat licks you he is tasting you.

Zzzz (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 8 months ago | (#47225687)

So someone working for one of the largest tech companies in the world has spent his life making.....a remote controlled car with a wooden K-9 body? I'm pretty sure any half awake teenager could have accomplished this in an afternoon.

Maybe I've just gone to too many cons.... (3, Insightful)

mark-t (151149) | about 8 months ago | (#47225733)

But this honestly doesn't impress me as a K-9 replica. Sure, it seems like it's a decent start on one, but it looks far from finished. Even if all that is really left to do on is just "spit 'n polish" to make it look like the genuine article, it seems almost as far from a replica of K-9 as it would be to apply the term 'light saber replica' to a painted broom handle.

And its head doesn't even move... no extensible nose antenna or waggy ears or tail.

Nope.... just nope.

Like I said though... maybe I've just gone to too many cons or something, because I've seen vastly more impressive replicas of K-9 and other famous robots than this in recent years.

I've seen much better at Doctor Who Conventions. (1)

Jeff Flanagan (2981883) | about 8 months ago | (#47225925)

Doctor Who fans have been building much better K-9's for decades now.

Why was this posted? Because Linux?

Re:I've seen much better at Doctor Who Conventions (1)

mark-t (151149) | about 8 months ago | (#47226153)

I have to say that I was not overly impressed as well. To this guy's credit, however, at least this one was equipped with (although you do not ever actually see it, but are going only by what the fellow claims about it) all-terrain tank treads that would enable it to move over any surface, while most of the decent K-9 replicas that I've seen would not perform very well on soil, or dirt, for example.

I've seen one of the original K-9's (1)

publiclurker (952615) | about 8 months ago | (#47227221)

at a Doctor Who convention. They couldn't perform very well on soil either.

MUT from Vancouver (1)

Teunis (678244) | about 8 months ago | (#47227207)

I prefer this one : https://www.facebook.com/MUTmechpup

Sure the videos there aren't as clean, but the K9 in question has a lot that works ...
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