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Joggobot, The Companion Drone That Makes You Run Faster, Longer, Harder
Forbes ^ | 6/7/12 | Anon

Posted on 06/09/2012 3:31:21 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom

Runners, you no longer have to convince your reluctant partner to put on sneaks and hit the streets with you, thanks to my new favorite drone: the Joggobot, a companion robot for runners. Using a built-in camera, the autonomous drone hones in on sensors in a custom shirt and exhorts you to keep up with it.

“People might feel chased if the Joggobot was behind them,” says researcher Eberhard Grather in a video. So instead your little drone friend flies in front of you.

Floyd Mueller and Grather, researchers at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia, tricked out the Parrot AR Drone, which is usually operated with a smartphone, to fly autonomously. You can set it for companion mode — in which the drone flies at a steady pace — or coach mode, “which sets a slightly more challenging speed,” reports WiredUK. (Coach mode sounds suspiciously like the fake rabbit used on dog race tracks.)

Not everyone was enthused by the running companion as I was. Says fellow journalist Charles Homans on Twitter, “Soon drones will not only be able to kill you with impunity but also harass you about getting into shape.”

(Excerpt) Read more at forbes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: drone; exercise; joggobot; run
Michelle Obama has commanded that every citizen purchase and use a Joggobot beginning at age 7 on their mandatory daily run.
1 posted on 06/09/2012 3:31:36 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I think this is a great idea, if it works as advertised. I’d prefer a chase mode.


2 posted on 06/09/2012 3:36:21 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
This would be more my speed:
3 posted on 06/09/2012 3:47:51 PM PDT by cicero2k
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Just looking at the jogger in the pic watching that drone, I can imagine him jogging right out into a street and getting flattened by a garbage truck. Or ‘jogging while watching’ into an open manhole. The possibilities are endless.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-OSlUf4VHI

Whoooooooooooops! Where’d he go?


4 posted on 06/09/2012 3:48:11 PM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

I have an AR Drone, and although I’m sure it would work, the battery life isn’t that great. 15 minutes at best... That would be a rather short run.


5 posted on 06/09/2012 3:52:17 PM PDT by babygene (Figures don't lie, but liars can figure...)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Good for target practice...for what’s coming.


6 posted on 06/09/2012 4:50:31 PM PDT by moovova (Michelle Obama is a community snacktivist.)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

“Companion drones” sound so cute and lovable.


7 posted on 06/09/2012 4:54:20 PM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: coloradan
“Companion drones” sound so cute and lovable.

Oh, you're such a cynic. Surely technology like this can only make life better! /s

8 posted on 06/09/2012 5:02:51 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: cicero2k

lol!


9 posted on 06/09/2012 5:03:32 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
I used to go running at the local high school track at night when I was a kid. I remember the fastest I ever ran was the night after I got back from seeing "The Exorcist".

No drone necessary!

10 posted on 06/09/2012 7:30:32 PM PDT by The Duke
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