Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Mademoiselle le Robot

For her thesis at NYU, Interactive Telecommunications Program student Kacie Kinzer has come up with a thesis project so charming, so clever, so twee, it is liable to melt your heart.

I present to you the Tweenbot.

Miss Kinzer has created a few human directed cardboard robots. Clearly conveyed on each is a destination, a goal. Without human help, the robots cannot get where they are trying to go. The idea is to observe the interaction of people with unknown communication technology. So far, her observations have been positive- no robots have been stolen or damaged, and all have wound up at their destinations.

"Often, people would ignore the instructions to aim the Tweenbot in the 'right' direction, if that direction meant sending the robot into a perilous situation. One man turned the robot back in the direction from which it had just come, saying out loud to the Tweenbot, 'You can’t go that way, it’s toward the road.'"- Kacie Kinzer

Email Kacie Kinzer at if you want updates on upcoming robot missions. I know I do.

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