New Yorkers warm to lost robots

Kacie Kinzer, a graduate student at New York's Tisch School of the Arts, ran a project to see if anyone would be interested in helping a lost little robot make its way around the city.

Here's a heart-warming story, especially if you are a robot.

Kacie Kinzer, a graduate student at New York's Tisch School of the Arts, ran a project to see if anyone would be interested in helping a lost little robot make its way around the city.

Kinzer is enrolled in ITP, a two-year graduate program that aims to explore the imaginative use of communications technologies.

Kinzer's smiley cardboard-covered Tweenbots, which travel only in straight lines, have a destination displayed on a flag, and rely on people they meet to read the flag and to aim them in the right direction to reach their goal.

The first task, to get from the north east to the south west corner of Washington Square Park, took 42 minutes and help from 29 people.

Kinzer said, "The journey the Tweenbots take each time they are released in the city becomes a story of people's willingness to engage with a creature that mirrors human characteristics of vulnerability, of being lost, and of having intention without the means of achieving its goal alone."

Video of Tweenbot crossing New York >>

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