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Tue Jun 5, 2012, 05:06 AM

 

Go for a jog with a helicopter drone



By Paul Marks
NewScientist
June 1, 2012

Joggers who find it hard to set a steady pace could soon have a robot companion to help – a small, quad-rotor helicopter drone. The system, called Joggobot, is being developed by Floyd Mueller and Eberhard Gräther at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia.

The duo plan to allow users to enter their preferred running speed into a smartphone app that controls the drone so it flies ahead of a jogger at just the right pace. Or it could be set to maintain a distance of a few metres no matter what pace a runner is going.

They tested their idea using the foam-fendered AR Drone made by Parrot of Paris, France. Using custom software, they programmed it to follow a bright blue and orange pattern painted on a runner's T-shirt (pictured below).

As soon as an onboard camera sees the shirt, the craft takes off and hovers about a metre off the ground. If it ever loses sight of the pattern, the drone lands automatically.

Mueller says he and Gräther are tinkering with settings to test what motivates runners. "How will people interact with a robotic exercise companion? Should the robot be more like a coach or more like a pet?" he asks. "One might make the exercise more effective, but the other might make it more fun. Which one is 'better'? And is there a 'better'?"

More: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21877-go-for-a-jog-with-a-helicopter-drone.html

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Reply Go for a jog with a helicopter drone (Original post)
UnrepentantLiberal Jun 2012 OP
Posteritatis Jun 2012 #1
wandy Jun 2012 #2
EnviroBat Jun 2012 #3
MADem Jun 2012 #4
tclambert Jun 2012 #5
yesphan Jun 2012 #6
Posteritatis Jun 2012 #7
Little Star Jun 2012 #8
stockholmer Jun 2012 #9
UnrepentantLiberal Jun 2012 #10
NYC_SKP Jun 2012 #17
bupkus Jun 2012 #11
Lisa0825 Jun 2012 #12
MADem Jun 2012 #13
Lisa0825 Jun 2012 #14
Hassin Bin Sober Jun 2012 #15
MADem Jun 2012 #16

Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 05:29 AM

1. Quadrotors are just neat. (nt)

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 06:14 AM

2. I want one!

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 11:53 AM

3. That's pretty cool.

I wonder what it does if you try to catch it. How fast will it keep ahead of you...?

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 12:02 PM

4. Maybe because I've been a very reluctant runner/jogger all my life....

(I fucking HATE doing it! Always have!)....

The concept, to me, seems more like THIS:



But I'll K/R this thread anyway, because it's a cool idea and might have other applications (put a camera on it and let it follow your kids to school, for example...).

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 03:26 PM

5. Does it come with Hellfire missiles?

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 03:29 PM

6. Might be OK if

you're running alone, in an open area where there is no traffic. Otherwise, no thanks.

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Response to yesphan (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 04:09 PM

7. Some of the more advanced ones are kinda mindboggling

Like "throw one at a narrow passageway and it dodges through the gaps" mindboggling.

I kinda want a pack of the ones MIT was working on just for the hell of it.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Tue Jun 5, 2012, 06:02 PM

8. This would have had my husband very excited....

He loved running & gadgets too!

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Wed Jun 6, 2012, 05:40 AM

9. Cats away! Artist turns his dead pet into flying helicopter after it is killed by a car

 

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Response to stockholmer (Reply #9)

Wed Jun 6, 2012, 05:59 AM

10. Was it really necessary to put that in this thread?

 

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Response to stockholmer (Reply #9)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 05:03 AM

17. That darned cat!

I love that flying cat. A dear pet, departed from this world, preserved and, in a sense, still with its owner!

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Wed Jun 6, 2012, 06:33 AM

11. This is just ridiculous

 

No one needs a drone to go for a run. Running for me, back when I could run, was not only about exercise but getting away from it all, technology included.

All you need to run is a good pair of running shoes (and hopefully a pair of shorts and a T shirt).

This is just desensitizing people to drone surveillance. Making drones your friendly little jogging buddy. Just what we need. This sounds like something straight out of Brave New World.

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Response to bupkus (Reply #11)

Wed Jun 6, 2012, 09:06 AM

12. A lot of people run better when they have someone to keep up with.

When I was in a training program, I worked a lot harder because of the people who ran with me. Now that I am on my own, it is harder to keep pushing myself to the same extent. I think this is an interesting concept. You could have a variety of training programs set up, like tempo runs, sprints, etc.

It's probably too expensive for me, but I think it is kind of cool!

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Response to Lisa0825 (Reply #12)

Wed Jun 6, 2012, 08:24 PM

13. Or chasing them menacingly (see post 4!)? nt

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Response to MADem (Reply #13)

Wed Jun 6, 2012, 10:36 PM

14. LOL! nt

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Response to MADem (Reply #13)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 12:17 AM

15. And yelling run faster fatty!!! Or install a cattle prod.

That's what I would need to motivate me to run.

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Response to Hassin Bin Sober (Reply #15)

Thu Jun 7, 2012, 12:54 AM

16. Your words create a picture no artist could paint!!

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