Thursday, February 11, 2010

Penguin Robot? Roller Skates? You Decide

"Penguin Robot Dances on Roller Skates"

humanoido, YouTube (August 25, 2007)
video, 4:57

"Tiny Penguin robot dances on roller skates! The skates are made from little tablet boxes with wheels made from furniture skid protectors."

This tiny dancing robot is not serious competition for Honda's Asimo.

It also doesn't look all that much like a penguin.

On the other hand, it's a whole lot more than that dancing cactus you may have brought back from your last vacation.

There's an impressive list of credits at the end of the video: right after a rapid succession of stills from old-time skating ads and articles.

Viewed strictly as entertainment, at 4:57 this video is too long.

On the other hand, that's a cute little robot. Emphasis on little. And watch its moves: there's some fairly serious programming here. Or, maybe dumb luck. My guess is that it's programming skills.

Bottom line? This is an impressive home movie - made by quite an impressive number of people - about a seriously undersized dancing robot that - with a bit of work and a penguin suit - could be even cuter than it is.

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