Saturday, 18. April 2015
:: Home > Video > Rolling Robot Makes Dad Number One For Norwegian Lad
23. 04. 14. - 03:16
23. 04. 14. - 03:16
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.
Semmering Offers 50% Discount To Selected Heroes
The Magic Mountain Semmering will hold two Weeks of Heroes from 1st to 14th March as Panhans Holding Group says thank you to safety and well-being volunteers and professionals.
Skier Survived Almost Two Hours Buried Alive
A skier had a miracle escape after being buried under two metres of snow for nearly two hours during an avalanche in Austria, it was revealed last night.
Puppies Found Stuffed Inside Suitcase In Back Of Van
A litter of puppies destined for a dog farm was rescued after being found stuffed inside suitcases in the back of a van.
Kangaroo That Hopped It Spotted In Garden
Austrian police investigating reports of an escaped kangaroo have been given concrete proof after a local woman managed to photograph the animal in her back garden.
First Images Of Eurovision Stage
These are the first images of the design for the Eurovision Song Contest stage unveiled in the Austrian capital Vienna which is the home of last year's winner Conchita Wurst.
Russian Mafia Boss Nabbed At Vienna Railway Station
A Russian mobster wanted for a string of brutal murders was arrested in the gentile Austrian capital Vienna when commandos swooped as he went to buy a train ticket.
Teen Girls Arrested After Offering Themselves To IS Fighters
Austrian officials who recently cracked down on terrorism by arresting several people believed to be recruiting and fundraising for ISIS have revealed two more teenage girls tried to leave the country to marry terrorist fighters.
Ebola's deadly reach impacts Vienna student
Austria has yet to record its first case of Ebola, but the feared virus has already had a severe impact on the lives of Africans living in Vienna.
Grigorij Sokolov Works His Magic At Vienna Konzerthaus
Whilst the world-famous Wizard of Oz played at the Volksoper, there was another Wizard in the Konzerthaus giving his 16th performance in Vienna!
Penelope Cruz To Play The Ice Cream Killer
The memoirs of the woman dubbed the Ice Cream Killer after she shot dead two ex-lovers before hacking the bodies up with a chainsaw and telling neighbours the noise was a new ice cream machine are due to be turned into a blockbuster with Penelope Cruz playing the lead role.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Wife Invites Sexy Dancers To Husbands Funeral Service|
|Pig Called Streaky Bacon Goes Viral|
|Suspected Thief Trapped In Narrow Sewer|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.