World traveller hitchBOT comes to rest at Ottawa museum

Created by researchers at McMaster and Ryerson universities, hitchBOT hit the road to test robot-human interactions. Ryerson University Share Adjust Comment Print After its vagabond life, the original hitchBOT — a child-sized robot that thumbed its way across Canada and parts of Europe — has found a permanent home in Ottawa. The Canada Science and Technology Museum announced Tuesday that it has acquired the loquacious, wellington-wearing robot for its communications and computing collection. Part of a social experiment designed to explore robot-human interactions, hitchBOT will become part of the museum’s permanent collection when it reopens in November 2017. Communications technology curator Tom Everrett reached out to hitchBOT’s creators, professors David Harris Smith of McMaster University and Frauke Zeller of Ryerson University, to inquire about the robot’s availability earlier this year. Canada’s…

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