HitchBot, the lovable electronic hitchhiker and world-traveler found out that the U.S. is not Canada last night in Philadelphia.
HitchBot is a robot that looks like a cross between a crock-pot IED and your pool’s utility room. Guardians Dr. David Smith (McMaster University), and Dr. Frauke Zeller (Ryerson University) designed hitchBot to travel around, have experiences in people’s cars, and then send out social media posts. HitchBot describes itself on one of its many webpages as “… a free-spirited robot who wants to explore the world and meet new friends along the way. I am an avid instagrammer and tweeter. On my downtime, I can appreciate a good game of trivia and would never pass up any opportunities to bake desserts.” Able to carry on basic conversations and record its interactions, the ‘Bot has received international notoriety, and is as adept at social media networking as any talented 15-year old.
We regret to report that last night in the greater Philadelphia area hitchBot was served up a smackdown. After having been around Western Europe and traversing Canada as a hitchhiker, HitchBot began a coast to coast U.S. tour recently. Having successfully passed through a few Massachusetts tourist-trap towns and New York City, hitchBot apparently got mixed up with the wrong crowd in Philly. Hey, who hasn’t? There are no details on the events that transpired, but hitchBot was found with empty beer cans. The results are shown below. We will warn you, they are graphic.
HitchBot is recovering form injuries today at home with its guardians and sibling kulturBot, and sent out this inspiring message to its fans; “Oh dear, my body was damaged, but I live on back home and with all my friends. I guess sometimes bad things happen to good robots! My trip must come to an end for now, but my love for humans will never fade. Thank you to all my friends.”
The above video shows hitchBot during better times.
Second still image courtesy of @AndreaWBZ.