Meet Oscar, the robot that’s controlled by Google+ Hangouts


Updated. Gus Claas’ Roomba almost got wrecked in an accident, but Claas gave it a second chance by turning it into a robot that can be remotely controlled via Google+ Hangouts. He extensively documented the inner workings of Oscar on his blog, where you can take a close look at the code that makes him tick – or you could just watch the video below to see the little guy in action:

Anyone wanting to hang out live with Oscar will have a chance this upcoming Friday at 10 a.m. as part of Google’s developer Hangouts. One should mention that Claas isn’t just a lone hacker with a love for Google+. He’s working for Google (s GOOG) as a developer advocate for the Google+ platform, according to his Google+ profile. It’s unclear whether he developed Oscar in his spare time, or as part of Google’s 20 percent program…

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