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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

    http://www.engadget.com/2009/09/17/j...cle/#continued





    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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    More info here for those who are interested: http://www.endless-sphere.com/forums...193031#p193031

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by hemprider View Post
    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?

    Bill J.

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    Just a fancy electric bike. I don't get it.

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    Bike appears to have training wheels.

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    Wow! she's kinda hot -- -- not.
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