Is it Big Brother or a runner’s best friend?
Look out George Orwell fans: a new technology has been unveiled that is supposedly out to help runners. These hovercraft contraptions are called “joggobots”.
According to a report posted on PopularScience.com, the craft, which is actually a Parrot A.R. Drone, is programmed to follow an orange and blue tee shirt that the runner wears.
It will then hover about three and a half feet above the ground. If it loses sight of the runner, it is programmed to land on its own.
“Should the robot be a pacemaker for the jogger? If so, can this be motivating? Or should the Joggobot be more like a dog, reacting to the jogger like a companion?” ask the co-inventers, Eberhard Gräther and Floyd Mueller of the Exertion Games Lab at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia.
The partners plan to study the interaction between humans and robots. They contend that runners can use the technology in a variety of helpful ways.
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