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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
wenpherd

11 years ago

are these made out of card board?

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 11 years ago

Yep - well, cardboard covering some simple electronics.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

12 years ago

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
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

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

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 12 years ago

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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=SMART=
=SMART=

Reply 12 years ago

Toys are alive !

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zeke34
zeke34

11 years ago

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

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SuperCoPilot
SuperCoPilot

11 years ago

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
jeff-o

12 years ago

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

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Zorink
Zorink

12 years ago

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

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fwjs28
fwjs28

Reply 12 years ago

haha thats true ;P

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Plasmana
Plasmana

12 years ago

That is quite cool!

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bumpus
bumpus

12 years ago

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
Lithium Rain

Reply 12 years ago

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

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bumpus
bumpus

Reply 12 years ago

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

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n8man
n8man

12 years ago

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

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GorillazMiko
GorillazMiko

12 years ago

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