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Interactive robot art installation on the streets of NYC Answered

This is so intriguing to me. A NYC based artist, Kacie Kinzer, did a very interesting social experiment. She wondered if a human-like creature could traverse the sidewalks of New York City, and perhaps provide insight into human interaction and urban connectivity.

So she built robots. Naturally.

The artist built small robots (which were rather errily similar looking to our robot!), attached a white flag to the top stating the its destination, and let them loose. The results were surprising - not a single robot was crushed, chomped, stolen, lost or broken. All the "tweenbots", as their creator dubbed them, safely reached their destinations with the help of kindhearted citygoers.

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wenpherd (author)2009-04-16

are these made out of card board?

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Lithium Rain (author)wenpherd2009-04-16

Yep - well, cardboard covering some simple electronics.

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Kiteman (author)2009-04-13

That is an awesome project - so many people helping toys.

A thought: I wonder if films like Toy Story affect the way people react in experiments like this?

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Goodhart (author)Kiteman2009-04-15

Luckily Toy Story was more popular then Small Soldiers :-)

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Lithium Rain (author)Kiteman2009-04-13

I wouldn't be at all surprised if movies such as Toy Story were shown to affect the degree to which people anthropomorphize inanimate objects - I know I sure looked at my toys differently after seeing it (don't laugh). (Yes, I did try to catch them in the act by running back after I put them away, or leaving them in the dark and standing quietly for what seemed hours and then quicklyturningthelightsbackon!. Don't judge me :D )

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zeke34 (author)2009-04-15

Looks like it's on a K'nex chassis. Definetly disposable.

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SuperCoPilot (author)2009-04-15

dude i saw that and i honestly thought i was hallucinating again did a couple of double takes and was still confused lol

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jeff-o (author)2009-04-14

Awwww, he's so cute! How could you NOT help him?

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Zorink (author)2009-04-13

Just don't do it in Boston, they think robots are bombs

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fwjs28 (author)Zorink2009-04-14
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bumpus (author)2009-04-13

I saw this last night, and published a forum topic about it..
Apparently the topic got caught in the filters or something..

ANYWAY, This whole concept is great. Its an excellent idea.
:D

The video makes me all warm and fuzzy inside, hehe :D

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Lithium Rain (author)bumpus2009-04-13

Whoops, sorry about that bumpy, didn't see your topic.

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bumpus (author)Lithium Rain2009-04-13

Its okay, I don't seem to see it either.. :D

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n8man (author)2009-04-13

This is such a cool idea and in New York of all places!

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GorillazMiko (author)2009-04-13

Haha, I saw this the other day, and I was thinking... WHY NOT THE INSTRUCTABLES ROBOT?!

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