Yes, it’s called the “Joggobot” and it is programmed to stay ahead of the jogger to encourage him or her to keep going at it. Although, calling it a robotic jogging buddy is a bit disingenuous. It is actually a flying robot that is just designed to move alongside you. Obviously keeping a robotic creature to be moving its joints at a constant and frequent pace would be impractical.
So here’s how it works – users customize the robot with a smartphone app to tell it how high off the ground it wants it to be, and how fast it wants to go. The robot has a camera, and the jogger has to wear a special t-shirt that can be identified by the camera. Then, the robo companion can continue to keep an eye on the jogger’s progress. It’s not the most life-changing robot we’ve seen, but anything that expands robotics to applications beyond very high-end governmental and industrial purposes is cool to us.