Random Nerd 1.2.09 – Triadic Interaction and Huggable Robots

OgarVia Engineering TV:

The Huggable companion robot from MIT is designed to be much more than a fun interactive robotic companion. It is designed to function as a team member that is an essential member of a triadic interaction. Therefore, the Huggable is not designed to replace any particular person in a social network, but rather to enhance that human social network. The MIT Media Lab has developed several interfaces for the Huggable: a web interface to enable a remote operator (e.g., educator, grandparent, friend, etc.) to view the state of robot and evoke its behaviors, “stale panorama” interface, and a sympathetic interface that consists of a waldo-like device which maps to the Huggable robot’s body and joint angles.

Click here to watch the video.  I find it all a bit jacked up and freaky myself.  Parents and grandparents interacting with kids via a robot…what ever happened to just going out for breakfast together?

~ by toddbumgarner on January 2, 2009 11:01 pm.

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