Bow to our future cube overlords (video)

A cool video of a cube, called Cubli, that uses inertial sensors and gyrocscops of sorts to permit the cube to balance on one corner, and stay there even if you push it.


It can also stand up on its own:


It is pretty cool.

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  • The_Fixer

    My bad! Keep up the good work!

  • Stev84

    I like this version:

    Pretty easy to build by cannibalizing a printer

  • pappyvet

    You’re assuming that I was flirting with the cube. ;]

  • A little too un-sexy for The Power Exchange, I’m afraid… ;-)

  • Yes, but you might be nibbled to death, which is cute beyond measure.

  • MichaelS

    PLEASE where can I get one?

  • The_Fixer

    I don’t think it can make the proper moves for that.

    It’ll never be able to dip :)

  • DavePgh

    … I meant “protectors”.

  • Did you say “overlords”?

  • Yes, less of a chance of it assimilating you.

  • pappyvet

    When they make one that can slow dance I’m in. ;]

  • pappyvet

    That would be fun. My husband and I used to love the Cinch Saloon on Polk in San Francisco

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    You can always join me on a Saturday night at The Eagle.

  • pappyvet

    I just hope we get to wear those groovy leather outfits;]

  • Indigo

    I take to be the inertial energy of the British Royal Family. No matter what happens, they jump up, balance, and walk.

  • Indigo

    It might be future-foolish not to.

  • I for one welcome our robot cube overlords…

  • It’s amusing. For truly useless, there’s this one:

  • I liked the robot dinosaur better. ;-)

  • Thom Allen

    Looks like a representative of a typical member of the Republicon Party.

    It can spin its wheels very fast, yet not accomplish much (US House of Representatives.)

    It can jump up (they’re working on a model that will be able to verbalize as it jumps saying things like “Benghaaaaazi!” “Repeal Obamacare!” “Kenyan Muslim Socialist!”)

    It can balance on an edge, preparatory to going over the edge as so many of it’s fellow Republicon base members have.

    It has a microprocessor to think with, though that is rarely used.

    It can walk into a men’s room and there adopt a wide stance. Or it can walk the Appalachian trail while its staff (and wife) hunts for it.

    It can fall over in Rapture as Pat Robertson preaches. It can also do controlled, and uncontrolled, falls. Like Christie, Bachmann, Perry, Palin, Santorum, et al.

    It can flip itself over almost as well as Mitt Romney could.

    It refused to believe in angular momentum or inertia. Instead it believes that the Kochs drop pounds of bills on one side to make it move.

    It is able to balance extremely well, with help. Unless that balancing involves the Federal Budget, Pentagon spending or pork barrel giveaways for its friends.

    It is enraged that it was designed by people who have names that lead it to believe that they could be immigrants.

    With just a few more modifications it will be able to : gerrymander, legislate against voter fraud, destroy Medicare and Medicaid, cut Social Security, take 300 days off per year and so much more.

  • 2karmanot

    “We are the Borg. Resistance is futile.”

  • The_Fixer

    Interesting. Reminds me of when I was a kid. For a while, gyroscopes were popular and were sold as toys.

    I would imagine that this would have some useful, though somewhat limited application. Seems that you couldn’t make one do these tricks on something with a lot of mass as the device would have to be sizable to be effective.For example, you I don’t think that you could put one in a car here on earth to keep it from rolling over. But perhaps there’s a physics person out there who has more knowledge on the subject than I do.

    I could see it being used for smaller things, though (robotics, etc).

  • TonyT

    Glad she finally gave some applications because I kept wondering – Why is this useful? :-)

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