Man, He's GOOD: Skippy The Stone-Skipping Robot

July 11, 2012


This is Skippy. Skippy is a robot that skips stones in a pond in Sun Valley, Idaho. And, if you wait your turn on Skippy's website, you can even control him and make him skip a rock yourself! I'm not sure where exactly this unending stone supply is coming from, but I suspect there's a chained human slave somewhere just off camera. Now, before you go spending the 45 minutes it took me to wait in line, controlling him is limited to trajectory and power and there was ZERO OPTION to get him to bludgeon himself in the head with the rock until he explodes. Trust me, I mashed every button on my keyboard.

Hit the jump for a video of Skippy skipping and save yourself an hour.

Thanks to Thom, who said he tried the thing and his rock went KERPLUNK without a single skip, then rage-quit because there's no do-overs.

  • ZomBBombeR

    As pointless as it is, this little guy flings rocks like a BAUS! and looks reminiscent of johnny 5 from short circuit, my personal favourite for little robo-buddies and in the uprising of bots vs. Humans I could see him staying on our side lol and R2-D2...

  • Lee

    *tries to access URL after 11pm*
    "Skippy is afraid of the dark, Please check back after sunrise"

    Aww -- that warms my heart to know that our robot overlords wont control us during party hours.

  • Guest

    I wonder if there is also a bird watching robot or one that spots clouds that resemble things.

  • Wish they'd show it skipping a stone on a BIG lake

  • Kinda defeats the purpose if you don't do it yourself..

  • L Bruce Olson

    unworthy. boring.

  • Frank Smith

    looks like everyone skipped commenting on this one.

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