Sparky was originally made from materials found while dumpster diving and at garage sales. Sparky 2.0 uses the MAKE controller board and Skype’s free video chat and is completely controllable via computer anywhere in the world. Autonomous Telepresence (or AT) is a term coined to describe the emerging field of research that combines remote sensing and telepresence, social networking, and human interaction. These elements together enable an entirely new and unique form of human/machine hybrid –- the video chat rover. Over the past few years, AT has emerged as a useful method for human interaction, and is already beginning to help connect people in hospitals, museums, corporations, and distance learning environments.