Robotic Steps Let You Walk in Place, Forever
Never ones to let an economic downturn get them down, Japanese researchers have created yet another bizarre robot that will probably never reach U.S. shores. The bots, shaped like large tiles, measure the pressure of your step and determine where you'll next place your foot, according to Popular Science. They then scoot to that spot on the floor, giving you the sensation of walking in place. Picture walking the wrong direction on a moving sidewalk but much, much slower.
Researcher Hiroo Iwata admitted to Popular Science that there's not really a practical use for the moving tiles, aside from creating the sensation of walking in a virtual reality simulator. But if Iwata ever wanted to sell the robots, that dude from Jamiroquai would pay a fortune for them. [From: Popular Science, via Neatorama]