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Is A Robot Going To Help Motivate You On Your Next Run?
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Is A Robot Going to Help Motivate You on Your Next Run?

They say that to jog you only need a good pair of running shoes and the open road. Some say you don't even know that, with the barefoot running movement gathering more and more steam. But, for millions of people, that whole grab a pair of shoes and run advice falls on unmotivated ears. For those people, the need to have some extra motivation is absolutely vital.

Australian researchers have developed a new product they are calling the Joggobot. The product, which currently looks like a UFO is designed to hover above the ground just ahead of or beside a jogger. Exertion Games Lab is the developer of the Joggobot and are claiming that the prototype is working very well but will need some additional testing and changes before it goes out to the general market.

To make the Joggobot work, the jogger puts on a special tee shirt which has sensors that connect wirelessly to the unit. There are different settings that can be used for this unit. In the companion mode, the Joggobot hovers beside the jogger, staying there for the entire run. A second option is the coach mode which would have the Joggobot hovering at a faster pace ahead of the runner, urging them to catch up or to keep up. If the runner should slow down so much that the Joggobot loses contact, it will float down to the ground and wait to be found again. The runner can then either turn the unit off for the day or reset it to continue the run.

The lab is still working on some major glitches with the unit. For instance, a sudden, strong breeze can knock it off its path. It also has no way of sensing if it is about to run into an obstacle like a tree, pole or moving vehicle. Initial feedback has asked that it be given a different appearance as well.

There has been no discussion about the type of pricing that these units would carry if they are ever to be sold for the general public. However, it is likely that there are dozens of different groups that would be willing to buy an item like this especially if it could actually get them jogging with any kind of regularity. Motivation is difficult to find. Some people who know that they need to move more but can't seem to do it on their own.


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