Joggers can now rejoice because they have someone to go along with them on the track till they stop or drop. That someone is a robotic jogging partner called 'Joggobot' a brain-child of the engineers from Exertion Games Lab at RMIT University in Melbourne. Joggobot is nothing but an AR Drone that uses an onboard camera to track you using a pattern on your tshirt and keeps flying infront of you until you turn back. It also adjusts its speed in accordance with the jogger's speed.
The developers are working on allowing users to enter their preferred running speed into a smartphone app so that it controls Joggerbot accordingly. Everything else seems to be working fine, except for the fact that this drone's battery life is just twenty minutes. So, there is indeed scope for improvement. Let us see where the developers take this from here. Till then, see a video -
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