1. Tuesday, April 14, 2009

    will people help strangers who cant talk? 

    what if the mute thing in need was a robot?

    Kacie Kinzer built some robots called Tweenbots that travel very slowly, need human intervention, and look super cute. an excerpt from her blog:

    Tweenbots are human-dependent robots that navigate the city with the help of pedestrians they encounter. Rolling at a constant speed, in a straight line, Tweenbots have a destination displayed on a flag, and rely on people they meet to read this flag and to aim them in the right direction to reach their goal.

    Given their extreme vulnerability, the vastness of city space, the dangers posed by traffic, suspicion of terrorism, and the possibility that no one would be interested in helping a lost little robot, I initially conceived the Tweenbots as disposable creatures which were more likely to struggle and die in the city than to reach their destination. Because I built them with minimal technology, I had no way of tracking the Tweenbot’s progress, and so I set out on the first test with a video camera hidden in my purse. I placed the Tweenbot down on the sidewalk, and walked far enough away that I would not be observed as the Tweenbot––a smiling 10-inch tall cardboard missionary––bumped along towards his inevitable fate.

    h/t jessica roberts from her gchat status which will resume to going to back to celebrating the cubs as they continue their march towards destiny.