Monthly Archives: August 2011

Mori’s uncanny valley: when humanoid robots become too human, and thus scary

Mori’s original hypothesis states that as the appearance of a robot is made more human, a human observer’s emotional response to the robot will become increasingly positive and empathic, until a point is reached beyond which the response quickly becomes that … Continue reading

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“Learning to live with robots”

This is just to share some news I read this morning in a blogpost on bigthink. I will simply re-post it: “For the next few months, twelve British volunteers will live in a house also populated by four domestic robots … Continue reading

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Brain-Robot Interfaces: using brain-robot interfaces for controlling implicit social patterns

Several emerging computer devices read bio-electrical signals (e.g., electro-corticographic signals, skin biopotential or facial muscle tension) and translate them into computer-understandable input. We investigated how one low-cost commercially-available device could be used to control a domestic robot. First, we used … Continue reading

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Qbo music player robot responds to hand gestures, challenges DJ Roomba to a dance-off (video)

What’s a good way to impress your friends? With a robot boom box that responds to your every hand movement, that’s how. Meet Qbo, TheCorpora’s open-source Linux robot who we’ve gotten to know over the years, even through his awkward phase. Nowadays, this … Continue reading

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