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Rolling Robot Makes Dad Number One For Norwegian Lad

Three-year-old Torbjorn Halvorsen knows he has the best dad in the world because he has managed to build a series of incredible rolling robots that are guaranteed to keep the youngster occupied for hours when his dad is too tired to play with him. The boy's engineer dad Kare, 41, decided to tackle building his own robot after his son was given a Japanese toy as a present just after he was born and he thought: "I can do better than that." His latest invention, a rolling spider-like robot, has been programmed to keep just ahead of the youngster as he chases it round the playing field and the youngster reckons that makes his dad number one. Kare, who works as a consultant engineer for the Rogaland county council in Western Norway, said building the robots was now his passion and as far as he knows the ball shaped MorpHex rolling robots are unique. He said: "My son is my biggest fan and making the robots for him to play with is a big motivation. He really loves them. Every day he wants one of them unpacked so that he can play with it. His favourite is the one I call A-pod because it looks like an ant." The creations have garnered him praise for their uniqueness but he is not looking for international fame, saying: "I only do it for hobby. I just set myself a challenge and then try to rise to it. As far as I know I don't think anyone's made robots like this so it has unique challenges for me as an engineer. It's the making of it that interests me, although I guess somebody will eventually find an application that it will be useful for." And he does not keep the pleasure the robots generate just to his son - versions of his robots have been reproduced and are already being sold on the US market.

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