Joggobot is a helicopter drone that motivates joggers by flying in front of them. This is, of course, different from the usual way drones motivate running, which consists of shooting missiles at your wedding.
The Week Magazine explains:
The aerial robot uses its camera to spot a colorful pattern on a T-shirt worn by the jogger, and flies at a safe distance ahead. The runner can control Joggobot using a smartphone: In “companion mode,” the drone simply maintains the jogger’s pace; in “coach mode,” it pushes its human trainee a little faster.
This interesting little piece of lunacy comes from Floyd Mueller and Eberhard Grather, of the Exertion Games Lab at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia and represents the biggest advance in jogging motivational technology since Vic Mizzy’s landmark album Songs for the Jogging Crowd.