Tweenbots

title Kacie Kinzer put together an interesting social experiment: Could a robot navigate Washington Square Park purely by the help of strangers?  Let's see what the collaboration of a Tweenbot and park goers can do.  "Tweenbots are human-dependent robots that navigate the city with the help of pedestrians they encounter. Rolling at a constant speed, in a straight line, Tweenbots have a destination displayed on a flag, and rely on people they meet to read this flag and to aim them in the right direction to reach their goal."  Surprisingly, on its first outing, thanks to the  help of 29 people,  it traversed through Washington Square Park in just 42 minutes.  Here is a video of Tweenbot's adventure.

Here is a link to more of the robots that Kacie is working on as part of her thesis at ITP

*via Laughing Squid