This summer, a hitchhiking robot will be traveling across Canada and sharing its adventures through social media. Meet hitchBOT.
Hi there, I’m hitchBOT! A robot trying to see the country by hitchhiking. I’ll be hitting the road in late July, heading from east to west. Share your hitchhiking stories by using #myhitchingpics and find me on Twitter @hitchbot #hitchbot
It hasn’t started its journey yet, but it’s already tweeting:
It's now less than a month 'til my journey begins. How long do you think it will take me to get from Halifax to Victoria? #hitchbot
— hitchBOT (@hitchBOT) June 30, 2014
— hitchBOT (@hitchBOT) July 7, 2014
and on Instagram
There’s lots of chatter about my trip going on. #hitchbot #botfam
Regram from @colingagich. My charging circuit is ready to go! #hitchbot
hitchBOT is made out of a cooler bucket that protects its electronic body, a cake server head that protects its solar panels, and will be wearing gardening gloves and Wellington boots. It doesn’t look scary, but I’m not sure if I’d pick up a hitchhiking robot. I’m leery of robots. Who knows what they’ve been programmed to do, right?
The traveling robot can speak and carry on multiple conversations simultaneously. It gets its information from Wikipedia and is equipped with 3G, WiFi and GPS. BUT, it’s completely dependent on humans to further its journey.
Is this more of a social experiment than a technological one? What’s its real purpose? To see how people interact with a traveling computer? What happens if people mess with the robot? Or destroy it?
I will definitely be following its journey through Twitter and Instagram. Will you?