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Old 07-20-2009, 12:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Flossie the robot can 'ride' a motorcycle, remains oblivious to good oral hygiene

so now they can kill us and speed away

Video: Flossie the robot can 'ride' a motorcycle, remains oblivious to good oral hygiene

The best and worst part about robots is the fact that they can be purpose-built to perform any task at hand. Oh sure, they can be built to kill, or they can built to test motorcycles without risk to our feeble (yet tasty) meat-sacks. Introducing Flossie, the Castrol-developed test rider that's threading a Fireblade between its "legs" in the shot above. The robot features a self-learning mode that enables it to get a feel (throttle response, clutch drag, gear shifting patterns, etc.) for any stationary bike upon which it's perched -- right, stationary... he's no Murata Boy. Still, as the ultimate precision rider that never tires, Flossie allows Castrol to evaluate its lubricants as effectively as possible. See it in action after the break.
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