Meet Don-8er, the cute little fundraising robot

Street-based charity workers, be alert for there may be a new sheriff in town; the Don-8er the mechanical alternative who offers a bit of entertainment in exchange for donations. Any stranger can place coins into the body of the robot, which will respond with lights and excitements. After a short period of time, the robot will then stop moving and await for further donations before making any movements again.

Designed by Tim Pride, a design student from University of Dundee, Don-8er (which is pronounced as donater) is a cute and well-designed fundraising robot and it is being used in Scotland to encourage donations from pedestrians and shoppers. Tim has said:

“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. DON-8r navigates obstacles as it moves about on a random path for a set length of time. It then waves its flag, calls for assistance and pulses with light until it receives another donation from another passer-by. Always polite, DON-8r thanks the generosity and repeats its journey.”

Check out the video below to see the Don-8er in all its glory.

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Posted on May 17, 2011, in Apps & Gadgets and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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