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Welcome to the website for the parrot driven autonomous Bird Buggy.


Bird Buggy allows my trained parrot to "drive" around the house.  When it's time to put the bird away, Bird Buggy is able to dock itself to a base station utilizing a web camera.






I'm interviewed by WUFT during my demonstration for class:

'Bird Buggy' keeps noisy parrot quiet — and mobile

NBCNews.com - ‎19 hours ago‎
In an effort to quiet his loud pet parrot, a robotics student has created what must certainly be one of the most complex devices ever to be operated by a bird. The "Bird Buggy" lets the parrot roll safely around the house — and keeps his beak occupied. Andrew ...

Noisy Parrot Inspires Beak-Driven 'Bird Buggy'

Wired (blog) - ‎22 hours ago‎
So, after four months of design work, Gray brought the Bird Buggy from concept to reality, complete with infrared sensors that keep Pepper from ramming into a wall or other obstacles in the home. And when Pepper decides to ditch his ride, the buggy can even ...

Pet Parrot Learns to Control Robot

LiveScience.com - ‎20 hours ago‎
The robotic BirdBuggy came from the mind of Andrew Grey, an engineering student at the University of Florida, according to The Alligator. BirdBuggy has a joystick that allows Pepper the parrot to control its motion in four directions, as well as front bump ...

This parrot doesn't fly -- it drives a buggy

CNET - ‎Dec 7, 2012‎
That's exactly what Andrew Gray -- a retired Navy officer currently pursuing his master's in engineering at the University of Florida -- created for his beloved family parrot, Pepper. Gray invented the Bird Buggy, a robotic vehicle with two-wheel drive that the ...

Watch this parrot ride around in tricked out buggy made for birds

CBS News - ‎Dec 7, 2012‎
Go ahead and check out the BirdBuggy above. The both innovative and bizarre, totally tricked out mobile device was posted by YouTube user viron11111 and reminds me a bit of a Segway... for birds. I have to admit, that parrot did look pretty happy.

Tool use by an African grey parrot | video

The Guardian (blog) - ‎Dec 7, 2012‎
This robotic "bird buggy" was the brainchild of his human companion, Andrew Gray, a 29-year-old electrical and computer engineering graduate student at the University of Florida. It was inspired by Pepper's growing frustration with his human family's rude ...

This Man Built A Robotic Car To Quiet His Annoying Parrot

Jalopnik - ‎Dec 7, 2012‎
This Man Built A Robotic Car To Quiet His Annoying Parrot. The car (called the BirdBuggy) is electric, with the forward wheels powered and casters at the rear. The parrot has a perch, and controls the car with a four-way joystick that moves the car forward and ...

Video: Parrot drives robot buggy with beak

Wired.co.uk - ‎Dec 7, 2012‎
Andrew Gray, a student at the Electrical and Computer Engineering department of the University of Florida, designed the BirdBuggy to solve a problem he was having with Pepper, his loud bird. "Our parrot, when he's left alone, screams. It's ear piercing even if ...

Engineer's Parrot Moves Around In Robot Car 'Bird Buggy', Enjoys Perks Of Life!

CrazyEngineers VoiCE - ‎13 hours ago‎
In a heart-warming tale of an Engineer who made his wing-clipped parrot a cool robotic toy, we present to you Andrew Gray, a 29-year-old electrical and computer engineering graduate student at the University of Florida. Gray's African grey parrot who goes ...

Watch This Parrot's Nifty Buggy Driving Skills

Mashable - ‎Dec 7, 2012‎
In a new YouTube video, uploaded by user viron11111, Pepper hits the streets -- of what looks to be a suburban backyard -- in a homemade, joystick-controlled buggy. SEE ALSO: Birds in Latvia Take Back Twitter. The buggy has four wheels, a bottom ...

WATCH: Parrot Rides His 'Bird Buggy'

Huffington Post UK - ‎Dec 7, 2012‎
Parrot Rides A 'Bird Buggy' (VIDEO). The Huffington Post UK | Posted: 07/12/2012 10:43 GMT Updated: 07/12/2012 10:43 GMT. reddit stumble · Share on Google+. Get UK Comedy Alerts: Sign Up. React: Amazing Inspiring Funny Scary Hot Crazy Important ...

Florida Man Builds Mini Car for His Pet Parrot

ABC News (blog)-1 hour ago
The Bird Buggy is a robotic car that allows Pepper to cruise around the house at ease, all with a four-way, beak-operated joystick. The car is ...
New York Daily News - ‎46 minutes ago‎
Gray came up with a solution that would let Pepper follow his family around the house - the Bird Buggy. It's a small, battery-powered platform that Pepper can drive with his beak.

Engineering Student Builds Car for His Pet Parrot

People Magazine - ‎Jan 17, 2013‎
The electric car that the 29-year-old University of Florida graduate student constructed allows the bird to cruise around the house by using a beak-operated joystick. Should Pepper take a congested route, the Bird Buggy's sensors prevent it from bumping into ...
http://www.peoplepets.com/people/pets/article/0,,20665252,00.html

Parrot drives robotic bird buggy

Boing Boing-Jan 17, 2013
University of Florida grad student Andrew Gray built the Bird Buggy for his parrot to drive around the house. "When it's time to put the bird away, ...

Watercooler Stories

UPI.com - ‎Jan 17, 2013‎
"So I built the Bird Buggy." Gray said Pepper steers the robotic car with his beak. "He knows how to drive, forwards, backwards, left and right," Gray said. "He loves his new toy." He said the car had sensors to make sure Pepper doesn't crash. Gray said the Bird ...

Yahoo! News (blog) - ‎Jan 15, 2013‎
"So I built the Bird Buggy." The Bird Buggy is a robotic car that allows Pepper to cruise around the house at ease, all with a four-way, beak-operated joystick.

Newstrack India - ‎Jan 15, 2013‎
Finally, he made a robotic car for his pet, which he named Bird Buggy, as he realized that the bird needed to be around people constantly and he just needed to be in the same room.

Globe and Mail - ‎Jan 3, 2013‎
Gray built the Bird Buggy in an effort to shut up his noisy parrot, who squawked whenever it was left alone.” The mobile platform has infrared sensors and bump sensors to prevent Pepper crashing.