Sticking to an exercise routine takes dedication, and many fitness junkies swear that a running companion can be a huge help. That’s why researchers 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.
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New drone has no pilot anywhere, so who’s accountable? The Navy is testing an autonomous plane that will land on an aircraft carrier. The prospect of heavily armed aircraft screaming through the skies without direct human control is unnerving to many.
Photo: The X-47B drone. Credit: Chad Slattery, Northrop Grumman
LEGGO? No! Drone! —A.P.
(Source: Los Angeles Times)
I <3 Asimo.
Creepy and impressive at the same time.
“Today, Honda unveiled the fourth generation of ASIMO, their irresistibly adorable humanoid robot. New ASIMO can detect nearby humans as it moves about autonomously, run at a leprechaun-brisk 5.5 mph, hop on one foot, and serve drinks. And in a testament to the robot’s sophistication, many of its behaviors look startlingly and endearingly child-like (see a public demonstration of ASIMO’s new skills via plasticpals).”