October 27, 2011

Cute tiny robot rides a bike.



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12 comments:

traditionalguy said...

Wait until Obama sees that. He will have him another killer drone he can send out looking for Boehner.

Curious George said...

OK cool. But could we get of the damn robots on every commercial break Fox NFL now?

edutcher said...

Thank John McCarthy for a lot of that.

E.M. Davis said...

I wish I could really understand the Japanese.

I have no idea what's going on on those islands.

Amartel said...

We welcome our cute robot overlords. It's on its way to te White House for a date with TOTUS.

Kensington said...

First he rides a bicycle, then he kills Sarah Connor.

crosspatch said...

The robot needs to lean when turning. If it can manage that, it won't need to be so jerky with the handlebars.

crosspatch said...

In order to "lean" it would simply need a weight that can move horizontally. It would normally be in the center but could offset a bit to one side or the other. Humans do it by placing more weight on one hand and moving the head to that side while dropping the shoulder. People who ride a bike with no hands use their heads to balance.

A. Shmendrik said...

How long before some Flash genius integrates video of a 1969 Ford Galaxy crushing this thing as it breezes by? A green metallic Galaxy 500...

Kylos said...

I was curious how it started. It looks like it simply steers back and forth to maintain balance as it gets underway. I wonder if this is driven by a feedback loop using data from a gyro or if it is programmed to wobble the handle bars for a few seconds during startup.

Astro said...

Looks more like a radio-controlled device rather than a true robot.

Ann Althouse said...

"The robot needs to lean when turning. If it can manage that, it won't need to be so jerky with the handlebars."

Maybe jerkiness is actually more efficient and we humans should start riding our bikes more jerkily.