Andrew Gray, had a parrot problem: his pet African Grey parrot, Pepper, made a screaming racket when he wasn't around. Either because no one wanted Pepper using that evolutionary skill called "flying," or because Andrew is an electrical and computer engineering student at the University of Florida and so why let evolution do what computers can do for you, he built Pepper a contraption called the Bird Buggy so that Pepper could stay close.

It's a computer-controlled cart that Pepper can drive with a joystick mounted in front of his perch. It moves forward and back, left and right, has infrared sensors to keep Pepper from hitting walls, and bump sensors that will automatically reverse the buggy if it does manage to collide with something. The body is shaped to hold the day's paper so that Pepper can do his business on the go. And when it's time to recharge, the Bird Buggy can operate autonomously, using a forward-mounted camera to locate and dock with its recharging station.

Without a doubt it beats any toy we'll get this Christmas. Check it out in the video below.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Gavin S.
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's what is wrong with these young birds today. Too lazy to walk across the patio. They need a fancy roomba to get around.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ring time?
      Robert Fahey
      • 2 Years Ago
      My mother-in-law can't drive this well.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Besides the IKEA monkey, this is the coolest thing I've seen all day!
      • 2 Years Ago
      I, for one, welcome our new bird overlords.
      • 2 Years Ago
      To me, more interesting than this already intriguing contraption, is not THAT a parrot can travel on a machine, but rather *WHERE* a parrot would choose to travel on said machine. Maybe such a point seems trivial at this scale, but if you imagine a similar device that would allow Pepper to safely pilot an automobile, one wonders, "Where would Pepper go?"
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope that thing has more than one speed in case a neighborhood cat gets wind of him. "Pepper want a sixth gear, *squaaaawk*"
      Sven Francois
      • 2 Years Ago
      Parrot cought speeding on high way. Today Parrot Pepper was cought speeding on the highway at 114mph... after he was pulled over his comments were: aaaarrgghh scratch my head, scratch my head...
      Car Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like Polly has finally found a use for the New York Times.
      Lucky Vanos
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pepper probably has a higher IQ than 99% of Republicans.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I know I can fly but I choose wa... oh
      • 2 Years Ago
      Coming to a Walmart near you (for the Big Birds).
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