Isn’t Boxie adorable? Don’t you want to sit him down at the kitchen table and feed him milk and cookies?
MIT Media Lab knows you do. Boxie’s cuteness is allied to his purpose. The Lab describes him this way: “Boxie is a mobile interactive robotic camera built with the goal of actively capturing stories about its environment and the people within it.”
In other words: “Tell me a story!”
John Pavlus, a writer and filmmaker who focuses on science, tech, and design topics, blogged about Boxie:
Simply being cute allows Boxie to “offload” a lot of the complicated aspects of initiating and sustaining an interaction onto its human target. It’s an utterly brilliant bit of interaction design that makes an end run around the “hard problems” of robotics and artificial intelligence, not to mention some practical issues of industrial engineering.
You can see a video of Boxie in action here. Trust me: You do want to see this video.