F.R.H.A.N.K. Gamer Robot Pushes Borders of A.I. and Crowdsourcing
F.R.H.A.N.K., the robotic "gaming and snacking buddy" that learns from its environment
Fridge Raider's Hunger-Automated Nutritional Kit is an open-source and crowdsourced project to create a “gaming and snacking” buddy robot for internet video game celebrity Ali-A. In many ways, the physical robot is little more than a life-sized Tamagotchi toy for the well-heeled geek set. It's what's behind the scenes that makes this project the most interesting.
F.R.H.A.N.K. exists in two modes. Its default mode is “Learning Mode” in which it takes in data from its environment and adds it to a database. As a crowdsourced project, the database also updates daily from information input at the F.R.H.A.N.K. website. This lets F.R.H.A.N.K. learn at an exponentially faster level with many individuals adding to the database each day.