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A vacuum-operated Cleaner-Droid basks in the sun whilst drinking some kind of fruit juice

CLEANER DROID

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A Micro-Droid attempting to hide itself inside a discarded box.

COOKER DROID/SHELTERING

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This Heater unit is quite an unusual sight. When in service, it would have provided heated water to an entire human dwelling.

HEATER DROID

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This Droid was spotted lurking in West Hampstead. It’s exact specification is unknown, but the SCART port on the back would indicate some kind of obsolete Entertainment unit.

UNKNOWN CRYPTID DROID

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A tiny Freezer-Droid spotted in Soho.

FREEZER DROID

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These two Tele-Visual units were seen in Kilburn. They were arguing over some possessions that appeared to be a bag of collected components. The droid on the left was reared up on his side to make himself look larger and (…)

AGGRESSION/TELE-VISUAL DROID

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This Computation-Droid was spotted in West London, lying in an alleyway with its face kicked off.

COMPUTATION DROID/VIOLENCE

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This pair of Freezer-Droids were hiding behind a tree, preying on human children. One had adorned itself with a photo of some children. The reasoning for this is unclear – maybe it was to lure more children into it’s open (…)

FEEDING/FREEZER DROID/HERDING

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Droid spotter Ed writes: “I found this Prolectrix Icebot lying flat on its back down a Putney sidestreet. Judging from the function symbols, its original use seems to have been adapted to serve (from left to right) bowls of popcorn, (…)

FREEZER DROID

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This filthy Freezer-Droid was whoring itself on a Notting Hill street corner.

FREEZER DROID/PROSTITUTION

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The sad looking remains of a Tele-Visual Droid and another unknown droid. They may have been fighting over the contents of the plastic bag, or were possibly attacked by a human and left for dead. The shattered remains made a (…)

TELE-VISUAL DROID/UNKNOWN CRYPTID DROID/VIOLENCE

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A Washer Droid seen in Soho at night. When I shone my light on it, it attempted to hide behind a lamp post, but wasn’t very successful.

NOCTURNAL/WASHER DROID

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A lost Washer-Droid, wandering around near the banks of the Thames. Perhaps he was drawn to the familiarity of water.

WASHER DROID

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Droid spotter Simon captures this soggy Printer Droid. Despite taking shelter under the bus stop, irreparable damage would have already happened to it’s circuits.

PRINTER DROID/SHELTERING

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Busy-looking human drones scurry past this Freezer Droid in Soho, tying not to make eye-contact.

FREEZER DROID

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These 2 unidentified droids were in the process of mating when I snapped them in a London doorway.

MATING/UNKNOWN CRYPTID DROID

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Droid spotter Nic sent us this photo from West London. A Micro-Droid appears to be pushing a trolly up a hill containing a smaller Droid – possibly some kind of Entertainment Receiver Unit. It could be that the smaller Droid (…)

COOKER DROID

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Spotter Nic found this Washer Droid in Ealing. It was showing a typical aggressive behaviour in response to feeling threatened.

AGGRESSION/WASHER DROID

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Hanging around next to Hyde Park, this Freezer-Droid has lost his face panel.

FREEZER DROID/NOCTURNAL

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A frozen-looking Washer-Droid lurking in the snow. These droids usually spend their domestic lives in warm utility rooms, so do not adapt well to the cold.

WASHER DROID

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An alleyway in the side-streets of Soho.

NOCTURNAL/TELE-VISUAL DROID

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Some interesting behaviour observations recently. This Cleaner-droid was found collecting sticks in the streets of London. It was either continuing to carry out its domestic cleaning functions in a strange new environment, or was attempting to build a nest.

CLEANER DROID

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A Freezer-Droid passed out next to a bin

FREEZER DROID

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Travelling spotter Tomas has sent this photo from Azerbaijan of an unidentified unit. The functions and behaviour of droids in this part of the world are still largely undocumented.

UNKNOWN CRYPTID DROID

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Droid spotter Tom writes: “This small, likely bedroom dwelling droid had found a secluded and peaceful corner near a railway line to bed down for the night. “

TELE-VISUAL DROID

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A display of aggression from a Micro-Droid

AGGRESSION/COOKER DROID

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This second cryptid case was sent in by spotter Tomas. The low resolution photo makes identification very difficult – it may be a species as yet unknown to science.

UNKNOWN CRYPTID DROID

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An ancient looking Microwave Cooking-droid

COOKER DROID

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Another sad case of a Printer-droid looking strung out. They develop a dependency on a fluid called “printer ink” that can be more expensive than cocaine. It leads to many cases of droids turning tricks in order to get their (…)

PRINTER DROID

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In a separate incident, another Cleaner-droid was found alongside some gathered sticks and various materials. Maybe science will allow us to one day understand these behaviours.

CLEANER DROID

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We have had a couple of cryptid cases reported recently. This small unit was spotted scurrying around on a wall, but our team have so far been unable to identify it.

UNKNOWN CRYPTID DROID

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Another tragic site of a Freezer-droid wandering the back alleys of Soho. Despite the risk of circuitry damage in the rain, this bloated unit was still out begging.

FREEZER DROID

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Quite a few sightings recently starting out with the all too common sight of a discarded CRT-based audio visual droid. This one is significant in that it has numerous video game motifs adorning it’s silver flanks.

TELE-VISUAL DROID

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These two droids are in the process of valmorphanizing, ultimately as well as safety this leads to combined data processing, allowing the the droids to burn toast and boil water far faster.

COOKER DROID/HEATER DROID/MATING/NOCTURNAL

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Last sighting of this current flap finds a clothes sanitiser droid clearly not obeying parking restrictions.

NOCTURNAL/WASHER DROID

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TT chips in with this combo droid sighting in North London. He wasn’t sure if the droids had fully valmorphanized, but it looked as is common with street droids that they had formed a symbiotic partnership, the bread burning droid (…)

COOKER DROID/MATING/MUSIC DROID

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Our Parisian correspondent has just sent us this via the under channel wire.  Typically the French’s gastronomic cravings mean 70% of all homeless droids in this nation are of the food processing and preparing variety. This poor unit must have (…)

FOOD PROCESSOR DROID

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A great sighting here by Ed: Here’s a colony of rescued droids who have regenerated into ‘leafy organism nurture units’ (LONUS), more commonly known as ‘plant pots’. This is a great posting for the start of 2012 of humans using (…)

HERDING/TELE-VISUAL DROID

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The first droid spot of the New Year. This unit is a circa ’97 portable sound droid. Compared to most homeless droids that find themselves on the street with in 5 years, this ones been in operation for some 15 (…)

MUSIC DROID

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Quite a few sightings of late in the Hackney quadrant of London starting with this sci-fi droid/disused/abandoned alien hardware thing I found

UNKNOWN CRYPTID DROID

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Next up a more run of the mill heat displacement droid that was in surprisingly good condition it’s face parts and inane grin still intact and moving

HEATER DROID

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This last ones not something I’ve come across before, a droid using an abandoned animal skin for warmth. It’s most likely it’s internal ‘CORE’ processors have malfunctioned, the lack of heat resulting in the search for some sort of insulation (…)

COMPUTATION DROID

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A Freezer-Droid found wandering the streets of south London.

FREEZER DROID

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Words fail to describe the cruelty that took place here.

PRINTER DROID/VIOLENCE

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In a cruel and ironic twist of fate, this heater driods seems to have passed out in the open due to the cold…

HEATER DROID

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In this age of austerity, it seems not even droids are exempt from the savage cuts…found this one hanging around in the stairwell where it was dumped having been escorted from it’s electrical socket by security without a chance to (…)

PRINTER DROID

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This Lighting Droid was babbling incoherently about once working for Pixar.

LIGHTING DROID

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Spotted this little televisual droid recently – abandoned, it was forced to try alternative food sources but got stuck pursuing an ultimately pointless attempt to consume vegetation…don’t think it fully understands the concept of “green energy”…

FEEDING/TELE-VISUAL DROID

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This Printer-Droid appears to have cannibalised parts from other droids, possibly in an failed attempt to repair itself

PRINTER DROID/VIOLENCE

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Help yourself! Some humans try to trick other humans in to taking their old Droids that they’ve dumped on the street. Plugging in a portable power source I discovered these droids were sadly inoperable.

HEATER DROID

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Rare sighting of a Drum Droid, this guy had all his componentry intact, but most likely his owners replaced their game system with a new model, forcing him on to the streets.

GAMING DROID

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70’s era Deck Droid with magnetic ‘Tape’ drive and wooden outer skin. Technology this old is rarely seen on the streets, back in the 70’s the average life span for a domestic utility Droid was 14 years, today that figure (…)

MUSIC DROID

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An old Recorder-Droid who has sicked up his old data input device. This “cassette” has the label “Indiana Jones” printed on it.

VIDEO RECORDER DROID

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A Scanner-Droid, found sleeping in some rubbish on a night spotting mission.

NOCTURNAL/SCANNER DROID

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Droid spotter Paz found this sad Tele-Droid face down in a corner, in a scene reminiscent of the Blair Witch Project.

TELE-VISUAL DROID

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Droid spotter David continues… I managed to hide in a wheelie bin for the night and made my escape by morning. At least I got the attached images to highlight their tragic plight.

HERDING

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Droid spotter David reports in with more disturbing news from Burton in the UK: You know that bit at the start of The Terminator where the T-800 walks across the skulls and remains of humans and machinery….well, these images are (…)

HERDING

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This cooker droid looks like it’s grown it’s own tail, said droid spotter Amy who recently discovered this cooker droid in her local area.  On closer inspection it looks like it’s power cable has been left attached. Droids with their (…)

COOKER DROID

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This morning I almost stepped on this small unit at the end of my street. A hardware based Music-Droid – a species that finds it increasingly difficult remaining in service because of a technology called “the internets”. This particular sub-species (…)

MUSIC DROID

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Spotted this little Cooker-Droid in my neighbourhood yesterday. It was still desperately carrying the human cooking apparatus that it would once have used. Sorry fella but your rice cooking days are over…

COOKER DROID

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Here we see a Tele-Droid and Recorder-Droid who seem to have partnered up and adopted some Speaker-Droids. Despite these Droids being different species, they often spend their domestic lives on top of each other and so form strong emotional bonds. (…)

MATING/TELE-VISUAL DROID/VIDEO RECORDER DROID

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When left desolate for so long, some droids turn to prostitution to get by. Here we see a Washer-Droid having a 3 way with another Washer-Droid and a Cooker-Droid. The money earned will probably be used to fuel an oil (…)

COOKER DROID/MATING/WASHER DROID

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This Cleaner-Droid was slumped up against a tree. It looked like it had been homeless for some time, as it had lost several panels from the front of his chassis, and its appendages were barely attached.

CLEANER DROID

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On a recent trip to New York I witnessed the moment of this droid actually being made homeless. As I struggled to get my camera out in time, its owner scurried away – possibly shamed by committing this act in (…)

PRINTER DROID

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Another night spotting mission turned up this little Entertainment-Droid. He was caught in the headlights of a car which had clearly scrambled his sensors – he was trying to communicate with a washing basket when we found him, possibly mistaking (…)

MUSIC DROID/NOCTURNAL

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Droid-spotter Paul writes: Two kitchen droids in the early stages of homelessness having been shown the door from a comfortable house in suburbia…freezer droid looks forlornly through the window hoping for another chance…the oven droid turned away in shame…

COOKER DROID/FREEZER DROID

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This TeleDroid tried to find somewhere to get out of the rain, but it got stuck in the door.

SHELTERING/TELE-VISUAL DROID

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Droid-spotter Paul writes: Spotted this micro-radiation cooking droid attempting to conceal itself in a disused cardboard box…its common to see similar hopeless attempts by droids to disguise themselves as new products and in need of a new home. This one (…)

COOKER DROID/SHELTERING

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Another common Tele-Droid found on a night spotting mission.

NOCTURNAL/TELE-VISUAL DROID

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Droid Spotter Nat writes: These droids have flocked outside students’ halls of residence for the inauguration of the mating season.

FREEZER DROID/HERDING/MATING

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Burton-on-Trent correspondent – Droid spotter David continues: …I managed to fire off a quick shot on my camera phone before I was chased off by a man in a yellow vest. I then stumbled upon a bunch of other Tele-droids (…)

HERDING/SHELTERING/TELE-VISUAL DROID

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Alarming news from our Burton-on-Trent correspondent – Droid spotter David: Had a good Droid spotting incident this morning. I say good…..it was horrific. There I was, dropping off an old office chair at the skip when I came across what (…)

HERDING/SHELTERING/TELE-VISUAL DROID

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Droid spotter Andy found pair of Freezer-Droids hanging out in a car park. This species of Droid usually mate for life, so their strong bond to each other may have been formed before their decommission and lasted for many years.

FREEZER DROID/MATING

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Droid spotter Paul writes: This decommissioned vinyl droid was spotted prostrating itself on a local street in the middle of the afternoon, a shocking sight in this modern age. It appeared to be begging for “old 45s” and “scratched 33s” (…)

TELE-VISUAL DROID

Homeless Droids quoted in academic paper

Droid expert Natalia has used some of the information we have collected studying droids in her dissertation about the robot-human relationship.

Uncategorized

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Droid spotter Kev checks in with disturbing news of the uncovering of a droid cemetery. It seems this group of droids have either fallen in to this walled pit, or most likely humans have thrown them in there, brutal!

CLEANER DROID/HERDING/TELE-VISUAL DROID/VIOLENCE

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Droid spotter Ria found this Cleaner-Droid on a night spotting mission in South Wales.

CLEANER DROID/NOCTURNAL

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Droid spotter Chris writes: Here’s a poor refrigeration droid for you… looks like he’s stumbled into the verge and collapsed while trying to reach civilization after being abandoned in the countryside by his cruel ex-owners.

FREEZER DROID/VIOLENCE

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New correspondent David reports in with this sighting, David says: I spotted this poor Copier Droid trying to keep warm using some insulation solutions foam in a skip outside a YMCA in Burton. Obviously thrown out by it’s previous owner (…)

COPIER DROID/VIOLENCE

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This raddled old analogue Tele-Droid (with integral stand) was encountered late last Friday evening loitering on a residential street in Clapham. It had a rather glum bearing so perhaps earlier had been asked to leave (or forcibly ejected from) a (…)

NOCTURNAL/TELE-VISUAL DROID

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MT spotted this Jump start droid after a recent excursion to the Republic of Dalston (London, England), which he said was awful but full of droids. “I approached this little fella with caution as I was unsure if he was (…)

POWER DROID

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Droid spotter Paul writes: “I found this Blender Droid this morning balanced precariously on a wall. On first look, it appeared to be catching early morning sun in a bid to warm itself up for the day ahead and start (…)

FOOD PROCESSOR DROID

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This small, cheeky-looking Music-Droid was hiding behind a tree in Ladbroke Grove.

MUSIC DROID

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Droid spotter Jacob sent in this photo. He writes: “I must draw your attention to this poor fridge-droid that I found this this morning. Someone has ripped its face off and messed with its insides, leaving it outside on one (…)

FREEZER DROID/VIOLENCE

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Droid spotter Rachel found this unit, passed out in a skip in Brighton. The tragedy is that drunken confused droids will seek out places like this to sleep, unaware that they could be taken away and crushed or put into (…)

TELE-VISUAL DROID

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OG urban explorer Little Elvis has provided some beautiful photos from some of his missions. Whilst exploring derelict environments over the years, he has encountered many types of industrial droids that aren’t commonly found in the streets of our cities. Here we (…)

POWER DROID

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2 Fuel-Droids also found in the same mental asylum. These units are very low-level, so may not even be aware that they have been decommissioned. Photo by Little Elvis.

POWER DROID

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Another night-spotting mission, another drunken Tele-Droid. My ongoing droid research is leading me to conclude that Tele-Droids are by far the most commonly found species, and that they are all too often found with empty alcohol containers. Further research should (…)

SUBSTANCE ABUSE/TELE-VISUAL DROID

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Droid spotter Tom captured these dramatic images near to a scrap yard. Droids often congregate around scrap yards to mourn their destroyed brethren. This Cooker-Droid had passed out with grief on a pallet truck.

COOKER DROID

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Meanwhile a Refrige-Droid stands over the motionless Cooker-Droid, mouth wide open in an aggressive effort to ward off the onlooking humans and protect his fallen friend.These units can have more complex emotional calculations than many humans realize.

COOKER DROID/FREEZER DROID/HERDING

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Another Tele-droid spotted by Mat P. “This one seems to have fallen off an icy seat and malfunctioned as it was entirely motionless when I found it.”

TELE-VISUAL DROID

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I left my house this morning to find this tall Freezer-Droid just across the road. Worryingly it was lurking right outside a school gate. Some misreporting has meant Freezer-Droids having a reputation for eating children. Although children may have died (…)

FREEZER DROID

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Droid spotter Mat P found this fellow – an ancient Sales-Droid, cowering under some tarpaulin. Despite using this makeshift shelter, it had suffered sever rusting and no doubt lost the use of many of its mechanical parts.

COMPUTATION DROID

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Droid spotter Jamie sent in the photo of this awful crime. He writes “This poor droid. Attacked, and killed, by humans just outside my house. No-one saw a thing.”

TELE-VISUAL DROID/VIOLENCE

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A poor, aged tele-droid found lurking in south east London, cowering away from onlookers. Photo by crootchin

TELE-VISUAL DROID

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Here we have a assemblage* of tele-droids outside someones home, scaring away the owners cat. *I’m unsure of the correct collective noun for droids. The guys over at Bot Junkie held a competition to find this out, and “assemblage” apparently won.

HERDING/TELE-VISUAL DROID

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An audio visual black cube droid. Not sure if the droid used the trolley for mobility or if it was placed in there. It could have been drinking, judging by the discarded bottle in its trolley.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE/TELE-VISUAL DROID

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A photo showing some Gambling-Droids shortly after being evicted from their jobs. This initial herding behaviour shows early confusion at the situation, but they would proabably soon disperse into the streets of Sydney. Photo originally from Mess and Noise via stuartbuchanan

GAMING DROID/HERDING

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Night-time droid spotting can be rewarding. It’s more difficult to get photos, but you see some nocturnal activities from species such as this Tele-Droid.

NOCTURNAL/TELE-VISUAL DROID

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This tall Utility-Droid was lurking in a garden behind someones shed.

NOCTURNAL/WASHER DROID

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Another Tele-Droid from the night spotting session. I returned in the morning to photograph this one but it had moved on.

NOCTURNAL/TELE-VISUAL DROID

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Here our droid expert Pazmania102 bravely approaches a Printer Droid for examination. Although Printer-Droids are usually quite passive, remember to always use caution when approaching Droids, as they can panic when cornered or if protecting young.

PRINTER DROID

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This Micro-Droid looks as though it has had some sick, possibly from all the lager…

COOKER DROID/SUBSTANCE ABUSE

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This Washer-Droid was carrying quite a lot of human items with it. This behaviour sometimes arises when a droid is in denial of its redundancy, is confused or just depressed.

WASHER DROID

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This shy droid was attempting to hide within the plastic bags it was carrying, making identification difficult.

UNKNOWN CRYPTID DROID

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This Micro-Droid is opening it’s mouth to look more intimidating. This is mostly for display and they are not known to attack humans very often.

AGGRESSION/COOKER DROID

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This Computation-Droid is possibly an Amstrad series.

COMPUTATION DROID

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An ageing Tele-Droid from savage^

TELE-VISUAL DROID

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An ageing Tele-Droid from savage^

TELE-VISUAL DROID

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An ageing Tele-Droid from savage^

TELE-VISUAL DROID

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A Cooker-Droid that had adopted a recycling basket. Cooker-Droids have only very short-range sensors, so often mistake small, black rectangular objects for their young. This one became agitated when we approached, so we left it alone.

COOKER DROID

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A lonely looking Freezer-Droid, lost in South London

FREEZER DROID

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Another Tele-droid, found at the top of my street. This one was still clinging on to an empty vodka bottle – a very sorry sight indeed.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE/TELE-VISUAL DROID

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This Utility-Droid has possibly undergone some modifications since being made homeless, making its original purpose difficult to determine.

UNKNOWN CRYPTID DROID

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This Freezer-Droid was in a very sorry state, passed out next to a canal.

FREEZER DROID

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This was a very rare find indeed. An ancient Calculator-droid found discarded in the basement at City University, London. Clearly their Centre for Mathematical Science now uses more modern methods for long multiplication, leaving this fellow to live out its days in (…)

COMPUTATION DROID