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This Robot Vomits So You Won’t Have To

Larry the humanoid vomiting simulator is not the most glamorous robot we’ve covered.
Larry The Vomiting Robot

Larry The Vomiting Robot BBC

Sometimes inventions, even the important ones, aren’t pretty. Case in point: this vomiting robot. It could help us understand, and then battle, an illness that no one’s found a cure for in 40 years. Even if it’s not the cutest ‘bot out there.

The unfortunately but appropriately named Vomiting Larry is an anatomically correct model of a freshman at a frat party and, more importantly, an anatomically correct model of someone vomiting after contracting norovirus, a nasty bug that causes puking and diarrhea. It spreads fast–less than 20 virus particles can infect someone–and it’s been a higher-than-expected year for infections.

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h/t  Ralph

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  1. LarryD

    January 3rd, 2013

    Why the heck did they have to name it Larry???

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  2. the aardvark

    January 3rd, 2013

    I noticed the hat tip on the bottom was from Ralph, how appropriate.

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  3. Dr. Tar

    January 3rd, 2013

    So can he be programed to toss cookies through the rest of Obama’s term? Casue I feel like I’m going to if the last week is what we have to look forward to for the next 4 years.

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  4. the aardvark

    January 3rd, 2013

    They could have named it Chuck.

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  5. Cynic

    January 3rd, 2013

    I’d like to see one of these installed in congress, operated by remote control so they could know our true feelings on how they are running the place.

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  6. Stirrin the B.S.

    January 3rd, 2013

    Is Larry a finalist for the PUK award?

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  7. Gina

    January 3rd, 2013

    I wish I could projectile vomit on command.

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  8. KF

    January 3rd, 2013

    Larry? Really?
    Geez what about vomiting Vince?
    Projectile puking Pete?

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  9. Stirrin the B.S.

    January 3rd, 2013

    “….Larry is an anatomically correct model of a freshman at a frat party….”

    I think all freshman frat boys ought to file a class action lawsuit for this mean-spirited act of profiling.

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  10. Lowell

    January 3rd, 2013

    Larry be a smooth one. Ah yes, the carbonated fountain of beer and bile often seen erupting from the recumbent form on the frat house basement couch.

    Charms the ladies every time.

    Bonus points for being able to sleep through the entire episode!

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  11. Stirrin the B.S.

    January 3rd, 2013

    So, what’s with the ad for Tamiflu on this vomiting thread?

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  12. Tim

    January 3rd, 2013

    Oh … I thought Larry replicated America’s reaction to Obama speeches.

    Real Americans – not the socialist infiltrators.

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  13. hanoverfist

    January 3rd, 2013

    @Cynic

    They would drown….

    Wait a minute!

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  14. hanoverfist

    January 3rd, 2013

    “a nasty bug that causes puking and diarrhea”

    Half the robot is missing.;-)

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  15. aleon

    January 3rd, 2013

    Why Larry you ask? Because that is what happened when Larry Sinclair went down on Barry.

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