Cornell University researchers conducted a study involving two trash and recycling robots placed in a Manhattan plaza to observe how people interacted with them. The robots, mounted on recycled hoverboard parts and equipped with cameras, received mostly positive reactions from people who appreciated their help in collecting trash. Some even treated the robots playfully, feeding them like pets. The study, titled "Trash Barrel Robots in the City," was presented at a conference on human-robot interaction. The team plans to expand the study across New York City's five boroughs to understand public reactions to the robots further. Despite some concerns and negative reactions, the experiment showed promising results for integrating robots into urban environments.

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