Monday, August 18, 2014

Meet HitchBOT The Cute Hitchhiking Robo-Pal

Robots.  When they aren't coming to kill you, or giving you a first-hand look at your terrible future, they can actually be quite charming.  Such is the case with one certain "robot" made out of everything you would find in your garden shed.

It's name is HitchBOT, and it is spending it's days not plotting your demise, but hitchhiking around Canada.

You should be ashamed if something that looks like this kills you.

HitchBOT was created by researchers David Smith and Frauke Zeller who are studying the relationship between people and technology. The bucket-bodied creature is set to reach is final destination Sunday in Victoria, British Columbia.

HitchBOT is in fact the ideal travel guest. It won't kill you, despite the fact that it is a robot. In fact it will even chat you up, as it has been programmed to ask and answer basic questions. It's also equipped with the ability to stand, via a retractable tripod, and comes with its own car seat, so drivers can strap it in. Remember, safety first.  All it asks for is a charge every now and then from your cigarette lighter, and it will even let you know when it is time.

The robot has been programmed to update social media with its adventures, posting dispatches on Twitter and Instagram, much to the delight of our neighbors to the north.

It's probably already been to more locales than you have this summer, traveling around the massive expanse that is Canada, stopping for photo ops along the way.

Don't take my word for it though, let ol' Hitchy explain himself

hitchBOT from hitchBOT on Vimeo.

So if you find yourself in Canada any time soon, and see a rubber gloved thumb extended on the side of the road, maybe pull over.  Well, as long as the thumb belongs to a robot.

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