Matt Walker is Robot Dad. Photo: Matt Walker
Matt Walker is Robot Dad. Photo: Matt Walker

Dad builds robot to spend time with his kids 11,410km away

DIVORCE can be a painful experience, especially when it means one parent doesn't see as much of their kids as they used to.

When divorcee Matt Walker met his future second wife in the US, he knew things would only get worse for him spending time with his two boys, Jarvis, 9 and Maxi, 7.

That's why he built the RambleBot.

It looks like a miniature white tank but instead of a cannon it has an arm with a gripper. There's a smartphone holder at the top where Matt's face appears.

From his home in San Jose, California - where he lives with his current wife and seven-month-old son Jack - Matt logs into the RambleBot that lives at his ex wife's house 11,410 kilometres away in Brisbane, Australia, and hangs out with his sons, controlling the robot with an app and talking via Skype. He's done this every other day for the last three years.

Read more on the Brisbane Times.



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