We won’t get into the politics of the Occupy movement here–that’s for another blog–but when we saw the OCCU(PI) Bot, we couldn’t resist blogging about it.
The little robot, created by Randy Sarafan, the community manager at Instructables and author of the book 62 Projects to Make With a Dead Computer (we’ve covered his book previously), comes complete with a protest sign and a bullhorn to make its displeasure known.
Randy took a standard-issue toy/hobbyist-grade robot, a megaphone, an audio-out cable, and various other components to create the ultimate in protesting bots. In fact, robots may be better at protesting than humans are–at least until their batteries die. As Randy puts it:
“Robots obviously have many advantages over their human counterparts. For instance, robots never get tired, they don’t get cold, they don’t sleep, nor eat, don’t require tents, and when armed insurrection becomes necessary, robots are much more morally ambivalent. Additionally, we had a discussion with an unnamed member of the San Francisco police force and they confided in us that the police currently do not have any plan for dealing with robotic occupiers.”
If you’re interested in creating your own OCCU(PI) bot for protesting–or just for fun–head on over to Instructables. And be sure to watch the video of Randy’s bot taking part in the Occupy San Francisco protest (some language in the video may be NSFW, which is why we didn’t post it here). It looks like a fun project, regardless of your political persuasion.
Let’s talk robots, not politics: We welcome you to comment on this robotic creation, but due to the controversial nature of the Occupy protests, we ask that you keep the discussion on topic.