Tim Pryde, a 21-year old Product Design student graduating from the University of Dundee, Scotland, has created a coin-powered robot called DON-8r (pronounced “donator”). The little robot can be deployed anywhere, playfully scooting around whenever someone gives it a donation. “DON-8r navigates obstacles as it moves about on a random path for a set length of time. It then waves its flag, calls for assistance and pulses with colored light until it receives another donation from a passer-by. Always polite, DON-8r thanks the generosity and repeats its journey.”
Like DONA (another donation robot we covered just last week), the idea is to curb the negative attitudes people may harbor towards human solicitors with something a bit more fun and unusual. Currently the robot has been raising money and awareness for the Dundee Science Center, but it can be easily re-branded to suit whatever charity you wish.
The robot will be demonstrated at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design Degree Show, Dundee, from May 21st to 29th 2011 and at New Designers, London, from July 6th to 9th 2011.
[source: Tim Pryde's blog] Thanks, Tim!