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Protecting Your Loved Ones from the Boogyman Answered

Both my girlfriend and my sister are afraid of the dark. I've heard so many stories and them waking up in the middle of the night, hearts racing, and then checking under the bed before they run to the bathroom. Afterwards, they run back and literally jump into the bed and hide under the covers. While this is infinitely amusing for me, I'm sure it's not as fun for them. What could actually be really cool is if the iCreate could sleep near the bed and the wake up when motion is detected, turn on a light and then follow the person to the bathroom shining a beacon of safety/boogyman death ray. ;) It's actually not as innocuous as it sounds. To pull this off some of the classic problems in robotics would have to be solved including object tracking (probably using infrared), collision avoidance and coordinated movement all using the iCreate. If you think about it, the possible extensions are many... perhaps on command the iCreate could play a chosen melody to soothe you back to sleep; perhaps each person using the iCreate could have a different colored light to shine the way; and if you could do that, perhaps you could also mod it into party mode where it would shine a bunch of lights in a pattern while it played songs. Groovy. I'm really excited by the possibilities and ideas floating around as a result of this contest, so thank you iRobot for the opportunity, we're slowly getting there!

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Kiteman
Kiteman

13 years ago

If they're half asleep, an a light is staying behind them at ground level, they'll be continuously confronted by a huge, distorted shadow in front of them - freaky! And if the light packs up, they'll be followed all the way to the bathroom and back by an invisible humming thing that stands still when they stand still, moves when they move... :-o

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SacTownSue
SacTownSue

Reply 13 years ago

Good point. Step, hum, stop, hum... This thing could emit a soothing aroma. Lavender is supposed to induce relaxation. You could put some on her pillow at night or give her some to use.

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althalinelife
althalinelife

13 years ago

@Kiteman - Good point about the shadow, the person could be tracked from the side or front though just as easily - it's all in the software - by maintaining a particular infrared orientation. @aarone - I tried to look through the forums before I posted so I wouldn't post anything too similar to anyone else. I'll check out your nightguide and I apologize if they're the same. @NachoMahma - thanks dude! Maybe we should make a robot that destroys late-night informmercials though, they're evil. hehe

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aarone
aarone

Reply 13 years ago

I'm not at all concerned about your idea and mine being similar. They're plenty different, and even if they're not certainly two of the same idea would be developed differently enough that between the two of us we could probably improve each other's creation! No apology is necessary :) I mean, there are at least three mapping concepts submitted!

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 13 years ago

. Dude!! You don't seem to understand how competitions work. 1) If you must communicate with another competitor, give them as much misinformation as possible - NEVER the good stuff. At the very least, disparage their ideas and maybe they will get discouraged and drop out. 2) Inform the judges of any misspellings, etc in competitors' paperwork and demand they be disqualified. 3) I think you get the idea. Keep up the good work.

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lemonie
lemonie

13 years ago

Get used to it. If you spend enough time in the dark, your eyes adjust and you find it isn't as dark as it first seems. Spend enough time in darkness and being fearful becomes tiring and you give up on it. Wandering around in the dark is good practice for power-failiures too. L

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jtobako
jtobako

Reply 13 years ago

As a parent, I wish fear was that simple : ( Might as well ask someone clinically depressed to 'snap out of it' (but keep your calender open for the funeral if you do)

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 13 years ago

Thae reference to clinical depresson makes your comment sound a bit like "my girlfriend and my sister are mentally-ill", and it would follow that you're after a treatment for their condition? I'm suggesting confrontational therapy... L

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jtobako
jtobako

Reply 13 years ago

Sorry, personal hot button. The only thing that I've found that 'cures' fear is trust. A male tends to trust that they can handle it by themselves (trusting themself), a female, however, tends to want support-trusting someone else.

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lemonie
lemonie

Reply 13 years ago

Wouldn't disagree.
Who is being trusted with the robot idea?
Or is trust placed in something?

L

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jtobako
jtobako

Reply 13 years ago

Looking back, my sisters had every reason NOT to trust me with something like that ; )

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jtobako
jtobako

13 years ago

So you want to hide something that moves under the bed with glowing eyes that will chase them down the hall... Sounds like something a brother would come up with : ) Sometimes, the 'best' answer only makes things worse-you would be better off asking them what would help THEM. Maybe a pedestal bet that doesn't have an 'under' for something to hide in or better lighting.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 13 years ago

. I see your point, but most boogey men are just fear of the unknown/unseen. I can see where a "friend" (even a robot one) would be a big help to someone who is afraid of the dark. I suppose it would depend on the person. . And the boogey man won't fit under the bed if the robot is already there. :)

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jtobako
jtobako

Reply 13 years ago

A very logical argument. To bad fear isn't logical : ( Something to consider-as a male, there are some things that just aren't as scary as they are to a female. I don't claim to understand them, but I have had to work out ways around them. It's possible that a robot would help. It's possible that a stuffed animal would do the same at a much reduced cost and effort. It's also possible that the cure will aggravate the problem.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 13 years ago

> It's possible that a stuffed animal would do the same at a much reduced cost and effort. . But I doubt that would win the contest. ;)

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aarone
aarone

13 years ago

Sounds a little like my nightguide idea, except having the robot follow you, instead of leading (protection from behind!). Good luck!

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

13 years ago

. Another great idea! And this one sounds much more practical than the dogbot. I can see this one sitting on a store shelf or late-night TV ad.