After its journey from Canada to Germany was a tremendous success last year, HitchBOT is making its way across the U.S. this year, all with the help of kind strangers who will give it a lift.
Project HitchBOT was initiated by Ryerson University and McMaster University, and it has been met with a great deal of enthusiasm in its first journey. The adorable robot has maintained a Facebook and Twitter account, that it has kept updated all throughout the way. As a heartwarming social experiment, the HitchBOT proves that there is some social sense left in the world and that it is truly amazing that a small child-sized robot could unite so many people cheering it along its paths.
Since Americans have closely followed HitchBOT’s Canadian travels, the researchers have decided to extend the project onto U.S. territory. At this point it remains to be seen if last year’s comments that stated that the hitchhiking robot’s success was due to the renowned kind nature of the Canadian people will be confirmed by the Americans or not.
HitchBot has set off from the Peabody Essex Museum from Salem, Massachusetts and its target destination is the famous Exploratorium museum from San Francisco. However, among its many sightseeing goals that it is planned to visit along the way are the Big Apple’s Time Square and Central Park, the Grand Canyon and the Statue of Liberty.
Provided that nothing bad happens to HitchBOT along its journey, it will provide pictures and posts on its social media pages, in order to keep fans updated, so that they may be on the look out for the friendly robotic traveler.
Despite its high-tech interior, HitchBOT’s appearance is that of a cartoonish robot, with yellow plastic gloves as its hands and happy yellow rubber boots as its feet. Its head has a very old school arcade look, but it is capable to display the adorable robot’s “feelings” as text and icons. Also, HitchBOT has a special software installed, that enables it to have short conversations with its protectors.
So, in the event that a small little robot lying on the side of the road, with a sign that reads “San Francisco or bust”, take a few minutes to stop and welcome it into your car, so that you can take place in this unique social experiment! You can take it as far as you want, but just remember to leave it in a public place, so that it might find its way to its next travel companions.
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