Joggobot: a quadcopter running companion

Jun 05, 2012 15 Comments by

Just when you think you’ve heard the strangest stories about quadcopters, there comes another one. Case in point: the Joggobot is a smart quadcopter that orients itself using images on a runner’s t-shirt and can help the runner to keep pace, challenge him or her to run faster and even dance with the runner. No joke! Check this video out and tell us what you think: super cool or super creepy?

Debra Cleghorn

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15 Responses to “Joggobot: a quadcopter running companion”

  1. sangsup song says:

    Very interesting!
    How much is it?

    • Debra Cleghorn says:

      Sorry — it’s a prototype and not in production (yet!). Looks like an AR Parrot Drone with special features added.

  2. Neo says:

    What happens if you run into a wall?

    • Debra Cleghorn says:

      Do you mean if IT runs into a wall or you run into a wall? The quadcopter looks like an AR Parrot Drone, so it’s pretty sturdy and would basically just fall down. If you run into a wall … ouch! :-)

    • Paul says:

      You hit the joggobot because it has already hit the wall first lol

  3. Craig Mitchell says:

    When will it be available?

    • Debra Cleghorn says:

      Not sure when/if it will be available to the public, but you can be sure that we’ll let you know as soon as we hear anything!

  4. Soh says:

    Creepy….. your girlfriend will buy one to follow u around whole day n transmit her pictures!

    • Debra Cleghorn says:

      It brings new meaning to the term, “helicopter parents!” I can see it now … a park full of these, watching the little ones.

  5. Jim Weigley says:

    Everyone should enjoy the hobby, programming these things are fun. Go for it!

    However, it hardly works in a straight line and I’m willing to bet it will not work on an oval track or especially a park trail.

  6. Terry says:

    How do you catch it to turn it off?LOL

  7. Jorgefk says:

    And the wind? Where is it? Imagine what happens to the joggobot with just a little breeze. This is only to use indoors….and it has to be a big one.

  8. Dan Barker says:

    Does our AMA insurance cover something like this?

  9. Paul says:

    I like it. I think that it would be cool to help with a good workout.

  10. Vera says:

    I would feel like it the joggobot was inhibiting me from running faster because it’s in front of me.

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