Robot Jogging Coach/ Agent of Terror

So a grad student has created a hovering robot to go running with, the idea being that it will help with setting a pace and motivation.  That is likely to work for some.

The robot is suited to all types of joggers – it has a companion mode that moves in tune with your pace and a more challenging coach mode. ”The coach mode basically tries to push you to your limits,” Mr Toprak says.

Of course, I might benefit more from a re-hacking of the robot to pursue me and give me an incentive not to slow down.  The angle of the picture already gives us a sense of menace.  It isn’t hard to see the runner as looking back in terror.  It could be a fitness revolution – running for your life every morning.

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Even Vader has to Pay for Parking

I think we can all agree that Darth Vader would be Lawful Evil.  As such, he has to pay parking tickets too.  I am impressed with his restraint in dealing with the ticketer, especially with two stormtroopers right there to back him up.

Sadly the effect is a bit ruined by the camera person giving Vader a shout-out at the end, but it is still fun.

via Topless Robot

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