How many times have you shrugged off a person approaching you without even listening to him or her? You don’t have to be candid about that. But I will be candid. I have shrugged off every time someone approached me with a paper or without a paper. My philosophy is simple : “If you someone is coming at you then someone is selling something to you.”
No one has ever given a single thought to what goes on to the poor guys who is either working for a meaning or working to make a living? With this little Robot, now there might not be any people who will raise funds. It will all Robots, one for the Japan Tsunami relief, one for floods somewhere and you get the drift.
“I developed DON-8r as a device to get people more personally involved with raising funds for charities. I was inspired by the increasingly negative attitude that many people have towards on-the-street charity workers. Rather than approaching them and supporting their charity, people will often go out of their way to avoid them. DON-8r is my response to this, an engaging and approachable robot that raises money for charities through encouraging playful and empathetic support from strangers and passers-by.” Tim Pryde
Watch this amazing video on the bot at work :
PS : With some economies of scale and mass production, we probably can reduce the cost of this bot and get organized beggars off the road. You know these can come in various sizes and shapes, a blind robot, a anorexic robot, a paraplegic robot. This should also help eradicate abduction of kids who are employed on the roads on a broader scale by the begging mafia. Please watch Slumdog Millionaire to know what I am talking about.