I came across this article and the robot is too cute not to pass along. The purpose of the robot is to get information from people. It is a novel approach.
An article about it and the video can be found here: Robot Video Journalist
While the bot is cute you only get the full affect when you hear its voice. Check it out.
I thought it interesting that some people would abuse the robot. They did not provide stats on the number of helpful verses abusive. But, it is probably hard to know. They determined abuse by acceleration sensors in the bot. The video shows one deliberate kick. But, how many of the events were deliberate or accidental is not addressed. Poor little bot…