In the not too distant future, street-based charity workers may very well be replaced by a mechanical alternative that returns a bit of entertainment value in exchange for your donation.
Created by University of Dundee Scotland design student Tim Pryde, the DON-8r is clever concept that encourages strangers to donate coinage that is placed in the body of the robot, prompting it to light up and perform a series of moves. After a short period, the robot stops moving and awaits new donations before moving again. The idea is to deploy the robot in the service of various organizations looking for donations from pedestrians. You can see the DON-8r robot in action in the video below.