Karis Tang, age 2½, squealed with excitement when she saw a Kiwibot rolling through Sproul Plaza at UC Berkeley.
“The robot can move,” she said, bending over for a closer look at the little delivery vehicle’s “face,” an electronic display that smiled, winked and displayed hearts.
Four-wheeled, cooler-size Kiwibots are a familiar sight at UC Berkeley as they ferry burritos, Big Macs and bubble tea to students. They’re social media stars, their pictures posted on Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook. Some students dressed up as them for Halloween. After one caught fire due to a battery issue, students held a candlelight vigil for it...
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