A friendly robot that helps collect donations is one of the latest development in human-machine interactions.

DON-8r is a simple robot built to travel through public space, created by University of Dundee product design student Tim Pryde. The robot is placed in a park or common space, inspiring interaction through playful sounds and movements – the robot can only keep moving when fed coins from passersby. Signage on the bot indicates that all donations go to the Dundee Science Center.

Watch a video demonstration below:

Similar to the Tweenbot project by Kacie Kinzer in NYU, we are continuing to see interaction designers think more about how soft and subtle expressions can help create playful relationships between bots and humans.

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