Video: Hamster-powered robot

Video: Hamster-powered robot


I’m just not sure whether to laugh or quake in fear.

iRobot, the folks who brought you the robots that can mop your floors and vacuum your carpets, have gone and done the open source thing, giving us a robot that we can all program to our own heart’s desire. That would be the iRobot Create, Isaac Asimov’s answer to Linux.

But check out the video below because someone has managed to configure one of those iRobots so that a hamster controls it just by running round and round on a wheel!

The little machine is subject to the whims of the hamster, of course, which makes it all the more funny —or scary, depending on your point of view of what the future might hold with such brave new inventions in it.

What do you think?