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(RedOrbit)   Sony unveils new robot that can jog. Next step, Terminator model 1.0   ( rednova.com) divider line
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2003-12-19 01:49:39 AM  
That's kinda' neat.
2003-12-19 01:55:11 AM  
I saw this on tv, not very impressive. Another product of the Japanese smoking too much crack. That little robot that vacuumes the floor looks ok though....
2003-12-19 02:24:38 AM  
I wonder if its nuts chafe when it jogs.
2003-12-19 02:29:13 AM  
Of course not, andonbray, it's all ball bearings these days.
2003-12-19 03:59:47 AM  
..but can it be hooked up to a "farking machine" via a serial interface?
2003-12-19 04:15:03 AM  
Jog? That's more than most farkers can do.
2003-12-19 04:17:30 AM  
Jog? That's one of the logging things isnt' it?
2003-12-19 04:19:24 AM  
Oops, my bad, I got it confused with jot.
2003-12-19 04:34:26 AM  
wldncrzy14 10 points for the obscure Fletch quote
2003-12-19 05:04:42 AM  
A page of text does not do the robots any justice. If you really want to be amazed, CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO (wmv) of four of these robots dancing in sync! It's simply mind-blowing.

Now all Sony needs to do is collaborate with Real Doll (NSFW) and put these robots inside these dolls (NSFW). Lap dances galore! I bet there's a lonely engineer at Sony who's already done this but is keeping it a secret and just goes MUHAHAHA every time he sees a man chase a 'real' woman. Heh. Those Japanese...
2003-12-19 05:10:09 AM  
Oh and the video starts a slowly so be patient and watch the whole thing. By the end it seems like it's not robots but tiny midgets inside who're dancing. Pretty funny actually.
2003-12-19 05:32:49 AM  
Can it wash my dishes and do the laundry?
2003-12-19 05:46:09 AM  
Damn, Chime beat me to it. But here's the nifty robot-dance from another angle.
2003-12-19 06:16:11 AM  
Much more info & footage to be found at the official site:

2003-12-19 06:31:10 AM  
I wonder what Vjor would think off little dancing robots? I wonder if it would make them into massive groove busting superdroids.
2003-12-19 06:32:58 AM  
Good find mungo.
Makes me think of "Supertoys Last All Summer Long".
2003-12-19 06:48:08 AM  
kinda cool, but 14 meters per minute isn't really jogging is it. More like a leasurely amble.
2003-12-19 06:56:04 AM  
Bodgit, maybe not in terms of speed, but it is terms of form that is important. While they are jogging both of their feet leave the ground at the same time. That's the basic difference between walking and jogging or running. This seems easy enough for us to do, but we have billions of years of evolution working in our favor. To make a machine do it truly is a very impressive feat.
2003-12-19 07:30:28 AM  
It's getting away...veeery sloowly!
2003-12-19 07:49:03 AM  
I'm actually impressed that they're advancing development for prestige rather than marketability. It says "we're building it for ourselves because we can, not for you."

Of course, whenever I think of Japanese CEO's I think of that Chinpokomon episode of South Park where they keep pacifying Americans by talking about how big the great white cock is.
2003-12-19 07:58:16 AM  
Just saw the video chime linked (cheers). Farking amazing! Those little bastards dance better than I do. Which is not saying a lot.
I reckon I can just about jog faster than them though.
2003-12-19 08:07:03 AM  
Bah. I submitted this yesterday with a slightly better tag.

There was a typo on the BBC site that had the same story, but they had made mention that the robot could jog at 14 metres per second instead of per minute.

Curse those efficient BBC bastards.
2003-12-19 08:13:10 AM  
If they produced them in mass they would be cheap enough to serve in the military....each loaded to throw two grenades and then get as far into enemy lines as hey can, then explode.

kamikaze joggers
2003-12-19 08:25:06 AM  
why is it whenever there's some new technology announcement, people immediately explore its military implications? I'd much rather think of "How much closer does this get us to producing a Cherry 2000?"
2003-12-19 08:25:49 AM  
Model 1.0 Terminator? Crap! That means they're close to finishing Skynet! Everyone, get into your bunkers!
2003-12-19 08:50:31 AM  
Sweet. Soon we will have robots at the arcades that can stomp the hell out of those crazy Asian DDR players.

2003-12-19 09:00:27 AM  
I'm eagerly anticipating the playstation 4 holodeck controller.
2003-12-19 09:00:33 AM  
Foolish headline submitter, the americans are the ones making the Terminators. The next step for the japanese would be an Astro Boy.
2003-12-19 09:31:10 AM  

nonono... -Predators-. who wants a robot with feet anyway?

History has shown that airpower is all that's necessary anymore. and maybe some subs.

but bipedal military robots? thats so uninspired.
knowing the japanese they're just working on getting a perfect score in dance dance revolution.
2003-12-19 09:52:00 AM  
But can they combine to form some kind of super jogging robot?
2003-12-19 10:21:54 AM  
Jay-Tea, nice Simpsons quote...
Boy, those little guys are good dancers!
2003-12-19 10:41:01 AM  
Just let me know when I can buy one and stop teasing me with videos, Sony!
2003-12-19 10:53:00 AM  
Anyone know when the next Playstation is supposed to be released?

2003-12-19 10:57:38 AM  
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2003-12-19 11:03:58 AM  
You know, Chime and I think way too alike. I was going to submit it with a headline like, "plans to partner with RealDoll and produce Cherry 2000."
2003-12-19 11:14:45 AM  
WATCH THE VIDEO! Weird..... It almost looks like they've rotoscoped human movement, there's no way they hand programmed all of that... If the U.S. black project research is 20 years ahead as usual, maybe they really do have a Terminator at Area 51....

I, for one, do not welcome our Robotic Geisha Cheerleader Dancing Overlords. (at least no until they actually look like geisha cheerleaders as well....)
2003-12-19 11:44:54 AM  
sort of looks like the robot in the picture is giving a little "Heil Hitler," no?

Do these farking things Goosestep?
2003-12-19 12:30:15 PM  
Sweet, now it can do my jogging for me!
2003-12-19 12:36:41 PM  
Yeah but can it say "biddy biddy biddy" like the robot from the old Buck Rogers tv show? They'll revolutionize the world like segways did. Fark Dean Kamen.
2003-12-19 12:44:33 PM  
You'd think that on such an expensive project that they would at least have put its head on right-side up...
2003-12-19 02:16:27 PM  
The Gunslinger Roland, that little obo-vac is american. just thought you would like to know :)

And this is a natural progression for robot kind. first you stand, then you walk, then you run, then you kill the humans.

natural progression.
2003-12-19 02:23:51 PM  
Just watched the dancing robot cheerleaders, but no tape of the jogging bot.. Bear in mind, these robotsare a little over three feet tall. ever seen a dwarf run?
2003-12-19 02:56:03 PM  
I wish I could find more video of them. There is none at the website that I could find. Anybody got any more?
2003-12-19 02:57:20 PM  

They're not "a little over 3 feet tall." They are 23 inches tall, which is one inch shorter than 2 feet.
2003-12-19 04:05:56 PM  
I used to work at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, Trust me when I say that just getting a robot to take two steps forward is disgustingly obscenely insanely complicated. Many decades, millions of dollars and millions of lines of code put together by people with PhD's in Math and CS... until recently, that amount of computing power took a few computers tethered to the robot..

These things are no toys.. Sony wrapped some nice packaging around the shells, but they are as serious as much of the research going on in universities... Robotics as a field moves very slowly, but with high profile projects like this and Honda's, more students and more funding may find it's way into the field.

I saw a robotic segway zipping around CMU the other day. It scares the piss outta me to know that in a few years an RPG or AK-47 could be mounted on it and used to hunt down the US's enemy. If we get to a point where the US doesn't even have to commit manpower or risk american lives to go to war, I fear that we might be even more trigger happy than we are now...

(Easy way to catch bin laden tho, thousands of drone robots combing the mountains for him.. That would make my day "Bin Laden Killed by robotic segway with AK-47. Talk about humiliating..)

2003-12-19 08:05:02 PM  
Sure, they can do their silly Japanese dance--but can they do "the robot"?
2003-12-19 09:49:11 PM  
your robojogger can't outrun our robo tank.
2003-12-19 10:05:55 PM  
2003-12-20 01:46:47 AM  
Spiffy. Someone needs to set the video to some appropriate music. I'm thinking a Michael Jackson tune; the little guy seems to be doing a decent Moonwalker imitation there.
2003-12-20 02:28:33 AM  
Oddly enough, the robots prefer to sit on their asses and eat nachos.

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