In this chat between former Atari programmer Owen Rubin (Major Havoc, Space Duel) and Jeri "Circuit Girl" Ellsworth, the former shows off Kermit, a robot originally built as a virtual pet by Atari's Engineering group in the late 70s.

The team eventually became bored with the project for some reason or another and abandoned Kermit. Rubin, however, rescued the robot and reprogrammed it with random functions like playing music and purposely bumping into things -- he reasons that the smarter its programming, the "less fun" it was.

He goes into more detail on the robot, even sharing a humorous "wolf whistling" incident, in the above video. You can see photos of Kermit and read more about it on Owen Rubin's site.

[Via Rotheblog]