Snackbot: A Social, Autonomous Robot from Carnegie Mellon University

The School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University is developing a Snackbot, a social and autonomous robot that will sell snacks to the public. According to a press release from May 2008:

When finished, Snackbot will roam the halls of Newell-Simon and Wean halls selling snacks. It is intended to bridge the gap between social robots that interact with people in a natural way – but often are immobile – and autonomous mobile robots that can move around but generally are not social.

See photos of the new CMU snackbot, conceptual designs, and construction photos over at Hizook. [via]

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