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Joggobot: The robotic jogging companion

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Sticking to an exercise routine takes dedication, and many fitness junkies swear that a running companion can be a huge help. For those who lack a human partner, researchers Floyd Mueller and Eberhard Grather, of the Exertion Games Lab at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia, have developed “Joggobot,” a quad-rotor helicopter drone designed to motivate joggers by flying in front of them.

The aerial robot uses its camera to spot a colorful pattern on a T-shirt worn by the jogger, and flies at a safe distance ahead. The runner can control Joggobot using a smartphone: In “companion mode,” the drone simply maintains the jogger’s pace; in “coach mode,” it pushes its human trainee a little faster. Check it out:

Full story and video at The Week.

Photo: Facebook.com/Exertion Games Lab

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