Social Robot Experiment: Tweenbots - "Help me!"

A cute and refreshing robot experiment was done by New York student Kacie Kinzer, studying at the Tisch School of Arts. Her concept is revolutionary simple and brilliant at the same time. In her exploration of pedestrian walks she wondered, how humans would react on robots: "Could a human-like object traverse sidewalks and streets along with us?" And developed the Tweenbots.

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.

The robots are pure simple from a technical point-of-view, but are instead social engineered. They look so adorable and having the flag saying "help me", most people cannot resist to interact with them.

Best is, the experiments will continue. Right now Kacie is planning new robots. Just take a peek at the new robots coming up. They look like this:



Tags: art, research, outdoor, living-with-robots
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