A persistent little one-eyed robot may be giving telemarketers and charity street solicitors a run for their money when it comes to collecting change.
Made of polychrome metal, the two-axis motorized sculpture follows viewers around the room with its shiny veined eyeball and shakes its money can to not so subtly demand donations. Called Gimme, it stands 10x5x9 inches, is controlled by an Arduino Pro Mini, and has a distinctly steampunk feel.
But whimsical as it appears at first glance, the robot designed and built by artist Chris Eckert started out as a serious statement.
Jogging along the Guadalupe River in San Jose, Calif., with his young son in a stroller, Eckert often encounters homeless people asking for change. "It inspires a wide variety of emotions: sympathy, fear, anger," the artist admits.
As a board member for the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Eckert recently was asked to solicit contributions for the institute's capital campaign. "I was on the other side of the cup and found that I inspired the same emotions in my friends and colleagues that I feel on these morning runs," he says.
And in case you're in the market to raise some money of your own, Gimme the fund-raising helper will be sold at the San Jose Institute's annual fall auction on October 23.
(Via Bot Junkie)