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We believe it was Einstein that once famously observed this particular theory of relativity; that every horror film requires a - relatively (and scientifically) speaking - smellier sequel.  Therefore, when the previous incarnation doesn't quite meet people's expectations, it should be in everyone's interest to further obliterate its legacy with yet more momentous muck and manure.  This is the only way (apparently) to maintain nature's delicate equilibrium between winner and stinker.  After all, for this, the great man won the Nobel Prize.

Of course, what we're talking about here isn't Jeepers Creepers, or I Know What You Did Last Summer.  Simply put, Rosie disappointed in her last outing.  We promised you "crawly creepy", and instead, we got "a slightly bizarre demonstration of a robot pretending to crawl across an anonymous hotel room floor.  Badly." (which incidentally isn't a great film title).  No, definitely not Halloween.  More Mr…

Crawly creepy

There's a reason why human beings don't ever stand up and walk, any time soon after they are born.  In fact, for a long while, we prefer to do everything but elegantly saunter across the floor using our feet; dribbling, vomiting, screaming at maximum volume - often simultaneously, and for no apparent reason - being some of the pastimes that we initially feel will get us further in life (unless, of course, measured literally in distance travelled).

And ultimately it's probably because walking is actually quite hard.  It involves us prevailing against a ferocious adversary of nature: gravity.  And the discovery of a phenomenon called balance.  Clearly, all this is much too much for a little you who has only just learnt that it's not ok to chew on your iPhone.  Or iPad. Or just about anything else that generally shouldn't reside in the pits of human stomachs.

It shouldn't surprise you: this is in fact, equally applicable to robots (the bit about walking that is, …

Wanted: ted or alive

By now, you would have realised that not all technology is useful.  In fact, some are despairingly the opposite.  And stuffing a cuddly teddy bear full of servo motors and plastic in an effort to make it bop to high-tempo dance music rates rather highly on the scale of pointlessness.  So silly... it transpires... that it deserves a rather long post on it.  Obviously.

Because once you overcome the acute disappointment associated with discovering that TEDx has nothing to do with teddy bears throwing "X shapes" on the dance floor, you naturally start to wonder: what platforms there are out there for these stuffed mammals to express their inner emotions?  And express them - of course - to 160 beat-per-minute nightclub bangers.

So it's time once again to bear with us, because on that rather ridiculous pretence, we'll proceed to lose our bearings, and bear it all through a (hopefully) laughable attempt at resuscitating a stuffed companion.  Using a Raspberry Pi, and some