HitchBOT, the hitchhiking robot that made news this week when he was destroyed in Philadelphia, is on his way back to Canada for repairs.
HitchBOT had successfully hitchhiked across Canada, Germany and the Netherlands before being destroyed in Philadelphia on his trek across the US.
Created by David Harris Smith and Frauke Zeller, two Canadian professors, HitchBOT had been designed as a social experiment.
HitchBOT had his itinerary written on its back to guide those who picked the robot up during his travels. He had been to a RedSox game, traveled the canals of Amsterdam, and found himself involved in an American Social Media style media prank.
HitchBOT’ tweeted about his demise: “Oh dear, my body was damaged, but I live on with all my friends. Sometimes bad things happen to good robots!
What exactly happened to HitchBOT is still uncertain. With “San Francisco or Bust” written on his chin, HitchBOT, was dropped off in Massachusetts by its creators to begin his American journey.
HitchBOT hitched from Boston to New York, and then on to Philadelphia.
He was picked up by the creators of PrankvsPrank, Jesse Wellens and Ed Bassmaster, who dropped him off at a bench after picking him up from the steps of Philadelphia’s art museum.
After it was discovered that HitchBOT was destroyed, the two pranked the news media, releasing faked footage showing the robot supposedly being destroyed.
They claim that they did not wreck the robot and just wanted to pull off a hoax.
An anonymous person dropped off HitchBOT in Brooklyn with director Kevin Smith.
The Canadian researchers had been promised that the mangled robot would be returned. In a statement, Frauke Zeller and David Harris Smith confirmed that the dismantled robot was on its way home to Canada.
Zeller and Smith report that HitchBOT will return to the US next year..and begin his journey…in Philadelphia!