Tweenbots in Washington Square Park

Tweenbots are human-dependent robots that navigate the city with the help of pedestrians they encounter. Rolling at a constant speed, in a straight line, Tweenbots have a destination displayed on a flag, and rely on people they meet to read this flag and to aim them in the right direction to reach their goal.

The results were unexpected. Over the course of the following months, throughout numerous missions, the Tweenbots were successful in rolling from their start point to their far-away destination assisted only by strangers. Every time the robot got caught under a park bench, ground futilely against a curb, or became trapped in a pothole, some passerby would always rescue it and send it toward its goal. Never once was a Tweenbot lost or damaged. 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.”

I love this city.

Tweenbots web site

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3 Responses to Tweenbots in Washington Square Park

  1. Eean says:

    That’s so fucking cool. Sometimes it takes a robot to show we’re not all assholes. God bless those little metal idiots.

  2. drr says:

    Of course, they made it adorable…they should try again with a more menacing robot as a control at least.

  3. CH says:

    Too bad this cool & cute concept could never work in Los Angeles based on the fact that no one knows where the fuck anything is!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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