After Sophy Wong’s SelfieBot wakes from a snooze, it makes a cute noise, sings a song, winks at a passer-by, and then blinks silently. Or at least, it does if it’s left alone for long enough: its ability to capture fun photos and print them on to thermal paper ensures it’s nearly always in demand.
SelfieBot sprung into life in 2017 when Sophy and her husband Kim Pimmel created an early version for their local Seattle Mini Maker Faire. “We thought that if we created a fun selfie-taking experience, with something visitors could take home like a printed photo, it would encourage people to the booth and give them another way to interact with our projects.”
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