Don-8r the panhandling robot

Don-8r the panhandling robot

Posted On: April 26, 2011
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Robots are not only taking our jobs, but soon the homeless will be obsolete as well if the Don-8r (“donator,”) robot has anything to say about it. He is designed to collect change and keep on collecting it. It is the creation of University of Dundee student Tim Pryde.

He created the robot to help raise money for charity. So far it has had some success panhandling around the school’s campus. I bet that many people who have never helped the homeless would gladly give this bot some money. It’s a perception thing. They are more apt to give a cute bot a donation than a scary and dirty human. Hopefully this bot can actually help those who need it in the future, in some big ways.

[Engadget]