Could robots change the way non for profit jobs (Click here) are done?

That’s the question many people in the field are asking after Dundee Science Center unveiled a fundraising robot that could change the way nonprofits raise money. The robot, dubbed DON-8r, was created by Product Designed Tim Pryde, a 21-year-old student at the University of Dundee.

DON-8r moves through public spaces along a random path for a specific amount of time. Once the time runs out, the robot waves a flag, lights up, and calls for assistance until someone else makes a donation. Once the donation is made, DON-8r thanks the contributor and continues moving.

“I developed DON-8r as a device to get people more personally involved with raising funds for charities,” he said in a statement. “I was inspired by the increasingly negative attitude that many people have towards on-the-street charity workers.

“Rather than approaching them and supporting their charity, people will often go out of their way to avoid them,” he continued. “DON-8r is my response to this, an engaging and approachable robot that raises money for charities through encouraging playful and empathetic support from strangers and passers-by.”

DON-8r is currently designed with a glossy finish that is meant to resemble friendly robots from movies. However, the robot’s appearance can be re-branded and changed to suit the needs of different organizations, creating a unique platform for fundraising.

The Product Design at the University of Dundee is focused on making products that work: socially through deep understanding of people and society; technically by embedding cutting-edge technology into products; and economically by working closely with global industries to ensure market readiness.

Here’s a look at DON-8r in action:

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