Meet Boxie, MIT Media Lab researcher Alexander Reben’s little, cardboard, documentary-video-shooting robot. Reben created this bot to roam about the mall or the street, and find people to help tell a story.
Boxie boasts caterpillar-treads, ultrasonic sensors, body heat sensors (PIR?), as well as camera(s) and microphone for its documentary video collection.
Boxie also includes a couple key features to make her attractive and inviting to potential human story-tellers. One, Boxie’s body shell is cardboard to look more inviting. According to Reben, the first attempt with white plastic was creepy, like a skull. Two, the diminutive bot also has a cute, human voice. That is indeed a one-two punch, although she did encounter a bit of violence. She was dumped in the trash by one subject, and shaken by others, according to her force sensor data.
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