This Flying Robot Is The Most Awesomely Nerdy Way To Get Back Into Shape [Video]

This Flying Robot Is The Most Awesomely Nerdy Way To Get Back Into Shape [Video]

I want to lose weight. Really. I mean, I just gained 30lbs over the last 18months thanks to the magical folks at Chipotle and it’s time for a change. Problem is, every time I invite my friends to come jogging with me plans fall through and then I have another excuse to inhale half of a blueberry cheesecake.

Admittedly, I’ve sunk pretty low, but I’m not sure if I’ve reached the point where I need a robot to whip me into shape. Maybe I do though, and the guys behind the Joggobot have created one of the oddest contraptions to help nerds lose weight by chasing them around with a deranged robot quadrocopter.

The Joggobot is kind of like a super nerdy jogging companion. Using colored titles on a t-shirt, the Joggobot hovers infront of you while you run around the block trying to sweat off all your extra pounds. It’s based on the AR. Drone, and was created by Floyd Mueller and Eberhard Grther at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia because they thought it would be freaking awesome to live in some sort of apocalyptic world where running from robots is the only way to survive.

As soon as the onboard camera sees the shirt, the Joggobot takes off and can be controlled so that it flies ahead of the jogger at a pre-determined pace. The technology behind it is pretty cool but simple and could be manufactured on a commercial level. No word on whether or not Flod and Eberhard plan to sell these bad boys – or equip them with machine guns to provide extra motivation. In the meantime, we suggest joining a gym or buying a puppy if you’re in desperate need of a friend to job with.

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  • Brianna Wu

    Hey, Buster – good for you in getting into shape. I run religiously every day to counter the many hours sitting in a chair of dev work. 

    I know so many people in this industry that treat their bodies like an inconvenience. Good luck! 
  • mr_bee

    some advice: 

    - walking has all the same benefits as jogging, but none of the drawbacks (also way easier).
    - getting rid of your car will take ten pounds off you automatically. 
    - walk, (don’t’ stand) on escalators
    - portion control will do more for you than any other dieting method. 
    I think it’s really cool that you’re from Roswell. :)
  • joewaylo

     

     

    - walking has all the same benefits as jogging, but none of the drawbacks (also way easier).

    Treadmills work too if you want to keep a specific pace, but they’re not as fun. Though if it rains it’ll keep you safe.

    - getting rid of your car will take ten pounds off you automatically. 

    Or just leave it at home. You still need a car for purchasing necessities and carrying them home. Unless you can carry four bags of groceries home from the store.

    - walk, (don’t’ stand) on escalators

    That’s no fun. Most areas have a fire stairwell right next to the escalator. Usually they are five feet from the escalator. It might take forever to climb them, but you burn more sweat without the speedy convenience.

    - portion control will do more for you than any other dieting method. 

    In some cases this is true, but you also benefit more on a diet program in specifics. Some diet programs have joined BodyMedia that links to your iPhone or Android OS device to better count those calories.

  • grukko

    As a jogging companion this is kind of pointless but there are very practical applications for this tech.  Imagine the drone as a traveling companion for women who are out alone at night.  The drone can film everything around them and act as a kind of watchdog which can also notify authorities should anything happen.  It could remain out of reach at a constant 15 feet above the user as it follows.  Any would-be criminal would think twice about victimizing someone with one of these by them.

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Buster HeinBuster Hein is Cult of Mac's Social Media Editor. Hailing from Roswell, New Mexico, but now spending his days in Phoenix, Arizona, he wastes most of his time eating burritos and reading Spanish romance novels. Twitter: @bst3r.

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