By Melony Roy
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Internet erupted when HitchBOT, the hitch-hiking robot, was dismembered and destroyed in Old City. Now, members of Philadelphia’s tech community have decided not to resurrect the beloved Internet sensation HitchBOT, but instead have plans to create something new as a good will gesture.READ MORE: Stimulus Check Latest: Is A Fourth Relief Payment Coming?
With the blessing and some instructions from HitchBOT’s creator Colin Gagich, engineers, tech developers and robot enthusiasts gathered last week at the Hacktory in West Philadelphia in hopes of building something positive.
“We came up with the idea called the ‘PhillyLoveBot,’ which would be similar to the HitchBOT,” says executive director Georgia Guthrie. “It would have some programmed phrases and it could talk to people and respond to them.”READ MORE: Derek Chauvin Trial: Renewed Calls For Justice Ring Throughout Philadelphia Streets Ahead Of Closing Arguments
Unlike the hitch-hiking HitchBOT, PhillyLoveBOT will be passed person to person.
“Anyone who receives the bot would make a commitment to do a good deed,” Guthrie says, “or an act of kindness that they’d document on social media with the hashtag #BotterlyLove.”
She says it will take several months to build PhillyLoveBOT and that the Hacktory is still accepting donations via Paypal.MORE NEWS: Multi-Vehicle Crash In Upper Macungie Township Sends 10 People To Hospital
If you would like to get involved, their weekly project time on Thursday nights from 7-9 p.m. is open to the public.