New Yorkers friendlier than expected as robots take out the trash #MakeRobotFriend
This trashbot is doing more than just taking out the trash, it is also helping researchers study human robot interaction. The pi based pair of robots was reported on by TechXplore. NYer’s aren’t so bad after all, some of the findings even gave me a chuckle:
Among their findings were that people welcomed the robots and were appreciative of their assistance. Some sought to “help” the robots by offering trash and moving obstacles from their path. Pedestrians even invested the robots with humanlike intentions, assuming, for instance, that wobbling motions were signals of appreciation, when in fact the motions were simply due to uneven pavement.
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