Sometimes something comes into your life — let’s say, a video of a robot puking — and your first thought it, “Gross, no thank you. I am not even going to watch it.” And then your second thought it, “Eh, actually it looks like it’s mostly just a guy talking, maybe I will watch it.” And then you get to the robot puking and somehow it is actually really enjoyable? It’s a very specific thing that sometimes happens, I’m not sure if you’ll really be able to relate to it. But maybe! Watch this video about the robot that vomits to help cure this virus and find out! From BBC News:

Commonly known as the Winter vomiting bug, [norovirus] has caused over 3000 confirmed cases of vomiting and diarrhoea since the Summer in England and Wales. For most people it leads to a mild illness and disappears in 2-3 days with no long-lasting effects.

And good old-fashioned hand-washing can help stop it spreading from person to person. But researchers have been trying to find a cure for over 40 years and it continues to evade them.

Ooooh, YUCK! WASH YOUR HANDS!

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Ahhhhhh! Yuck! So? What do you think? Is vomiting robot your favorite robot too, or do you prefer running robot? Do you think this is going to be used in the future to spread diseases rather than help find a cure for them? Is anyone else coming around to the idea of a Contagion-style robot uprising? Have I already been infected? HAVE YOU? (Via Geekologie.)

Comments (35)
  1. I would prefer a robot that hold my hair as i throw up while I simultaneously crying after a night of partying.

  2. It’s like they skipped all the intermediate steps of robot evolution and went straight to the end state with this one.

  3. At least they aren’t designing robots that let the actor in them take over.

  4. Puking robot is all well and good until he crashes on your couch for a weekend, gets way too drunk and pukes all over your living room.

  5. “Winter vomiting bug” is for sure the coolest and catchiest name for a sickness ever. Rolls off the tongue, just like vomit itself.

  6. Roboot and Rally

  7. If this robot’s name isn’t Ralph, somebody wasn’t doing their job right.

  8. “And good old-fashioned hand-washing can help stop it spreading from person to person.”
    “I heard hand-washing causes autism.” -Huffington Post

  9. “Let’s put our baby in front of it.”

  10. I’m not going to say Videogum is reading my conversations with friends but let’s just say I was JUST DISCUSSING THIS when this link went up…

  11. Kelly, why didn’t you tell us that our new friend’s name was Vomiting Larry? Any lurkers waiting for the perfect name to make an account?

  12. I wasn’t so much focusing on the robot as I was vowing never to go to Europe again.

  13. I think it’s pretty obvious what happened here. Vomiting robot must have been eating raw cookie dough made by the cookie making robot and caught salmonella. I mean, that stuff’s delicious, but man, you’ve gotta be careful!

  14. The *hard* part was building a robot who will have perfect manners and serve wafer-thin mints.

  15. We have the technology…

  16. Why hasn’t anyone made a Gif of this yet?

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