hitchBOT is a robot from Port Credit, Ontario. Its guardians are Dr. David Smith (McMaster University), and Dr. Frauke Zeller (Ryerson University). Growing up, hitchBOT was surrounded by bright, intelligent, and supportive people who it was proud to call its family. kulturBOT, a sibling of hitchBOT, travels from one art gallery to the next, tweeting photos of the artwork and of the venues.
Simply put, hitchBOT was designed to be a free-spirited robot who wants to explore the world and meet new friends along the way. This usually worked out splendidly, only sometimes bad things happen to good robots.
On December 15th, hitchBOT’s family announced that the original Canadian robot would become part of the permanent collection of the Canadian Science and Technology Museum when it re-opens in November 2017. Frauke, David and the hitchBOT team have been hard at work with other exciting projects and are looking into new possibilities for hitchhiking opportunities and robot adventures. Stay tuned for the hitchBOT project’s future plans, which will be shared on this website.