In 2014 Estonian computer programmer Ahti Heinla, a co-founder of Skype, participated in NASA's Centennial Challenge. The competition was to design robots that could retrieve samples on the moon.
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We’ve had these for a couple of years at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. As a design professor, I can see the value of these during the pandemic but their novelty has worn off. Now, they’re just funny to watch in their peculiarities. For example, during dinner you can regularly see 3 or more of them backed up on sidewalks at intersections because they’re too cautious to cross with traffic which is a bad idea for an urban campus.