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Old 09-17-09, 09:32 PM   #1
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Robot rides shotgun, helps pedal on two-person bicycle

Video: Joules robot rides shotgun, helps pedal on two-person bicycle
by Darren Murph posted Sep 17th 2009 at Engadget

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There's "desperate for companionship," and then there's "just plain cool." We're going out on a limb here and suggesting that the scenario you see unfolding above is a case of the latter, with modder Carl developing a robotic partner that not only rides shotgun on this tandem bicycle, but also helps pedal. A PMG-132 electric motor is connected to Joules (that's the robot, just so you know), and thanks to an array of nuts, bolts, joints and the promise of a better life in Carl's garage, Joules has graciously agreed to help power the bike for as long as his owner decides to exercise.

Trust us, there's a truly touching video waiting for you after the break, and you'll immediately lose five nerd points should you choose not to head down there and look.
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Old 09-18-09, 07:13 AM   #2
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Pretty awesome but i don't get how thats a robot, looks more like a really big engine shaped like a human. Does it talk? haha
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Pretty awesome but i don't get how thats a robot, looks more like a really big engine shaped like a human. Does it talk? haha
Main Entry: ro·bot
Pronunciation: \ˈrō-ˌbät, -bət\
Function: noun
Etymology: Czech, from robota compulsory labor; akin to Old High German arabeit trouble, Latin orbus orphaned — more at orphan
Date: 1923
1 a : a machine that looks like a human being and performs various complex acts (as walking or talking) of a human being; also : a similar but fictional machine whose lack of capacity for human emotions is often emphasized b : an efficient insensitive person who functions automatically
2 : a device that automatically performs complicated often repetitive tasks
3 : a mechanism guided by automatic controls
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Pretty cool....but.. will it have ice cream, latte or a beer with you after the ride?....how "friendly" is it on date night?

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Old 09-18-09, 08:33 AM   #6
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Just a fancy electric bike. I don't get it.
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Old 09-18-09, 08:34 AM   #7
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Bike appears to have training wheels.
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Wow! she's kinda hot -- -- not.
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