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Mung; The Robotic Blob with Noble Ambitions

This is without a doubt one of the most bizarre robots I’ve come across.  Students at KAIST and Yonsei University in South Korea have created a robot called Mung that they hope will instill the spirit of sportsmanship in players at the World Cup 2010. Mung was originally conceived as a “language purification” robot, which would change color upon detecting profanities in elementary schools and at home – similar to the idea of a “swear jar” only without the monetary penalty.  It was also used to promote the clean and safe use of nuclear energy.

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The new (and more active) version is featured in the following video, which changes color when a player commits a foul or is injured.  The new prototype looks like a beefed up, but less energetic, version of Keepon.

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[source: KAIST (KR)] via [HelloDD (KR)] & [Chosun (KR)]

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