joggobot flying robotic running companion
jun 05, 2012
joggobot flying robotic running companion


‘joggobot’ flying robotic running companion, developed by the exertion games lab

joggobot‘ is a flying drone robot, designed as a running companion to help joggers maintain a steady pace.
the project is the work of exertion games lab at australia’s RMIT university, in a research group led by director
floyd mueller and visiting multimedia technology researcher eberhard gräther.

equipped with a camera and tag tracer, the modified parrot AR quad-rotored drone tracks the jogger based on
an orange-and-blue T-shirt marker. should it lose sight of the markings, it lands immediately. in ‘companion’ mode,
the robot acts as a running partner, moving alongside the user’s pace; in ‘coach mode’, it works as a pace-setter
or moving target, flying ahead at a height of about one meter at a speed set by the runner via a custom smartphone app.

exertion games lab has not noted specific production plans for ‘joggobot’, although they note that joggers’
attribution of human-like characteristics to their running mate during beta testing has encouraged the team
to experiment with the use of more anthropomorphic physical attributes for the drone.


demo of ‘joggobot’
video © eric dittloff


interview with exertion games lab director dr. florian mueller on ABC ‘catalyst’


closer view of the ‘joggobot’ prototype


‘systems’ view of the control unit for ‘joggobot’

via newscientist

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