HitchBOT Completes its 6000km Journey Across Canada.
Almost three weeks after setting out from Halifax in Nova Scotia, all the way on the other side of Canada HitchBOT has notified people of its pending arrival by tweeting “ I’m on a boat” … “ Well, a ferry to be exact. Victoria, I’m on my way.” There will be an arrival event which is due to be held on Thursday.
HitchBOT was made by a group of researchers in Toronto as an experiment into human-robot interaction. Researcher Frauke Zeller says “This project asks: can robots trust human beings?” well it appears HitchBot can. Built from foam pool noodles, wellies, a beer-cooler bucket, solar panels and a computer this unconventional robot uses GPS technology to keep its creators updated on progress and report in with pictures of its location.
Its progress has attracted quite a following with over 30,000 twitter followers and more then 40,000 likes on Facebook. David Smith of McMaster University says “We’re elated… It’s been really great fun and to me it seems like it brought people together in a really interesting way.”
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