HitchBOT finds home at Ottawa science museum

A hitchhiking, child-sized robot will call Ottawa home, a year after thumbing its way across Canada.

HitchBOT, the "wellington-wearing robot, with a bucket for a body and a cake saver for a head," is now under the care of the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa, staff said in a statement Tuesday.

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"This is an exciting moment for all of us," Communications Technology Curator Tom Everrett said.

"HitchBOT not only represents an interesting chapter in the history of human-machine interaction, but also tells a story of cross-country travel and community to which all Canadians can relate."

The robot travelled from Halifax to Victoria last summer in just 26 days, hitching 19 rides to complete the journey.

In 2015, a second version of the bot thumbed its way through Germany, the Netherlands and the U.S. The robot was left in a pile of trash in Philadelphia in August, with its arms lying nearby and its head missing.



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