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About juliafink

PhD candidate at EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)

“Iron-man”

Last Friday, while reading on the train, I came across an interesting question: “What would an iron look like if it were designed for a predominantly male market?” To me, as I am  not ironing (shame on me!), I am … Continue reading

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EPFL Robotic Festival 2012

Another year has passed and I have been quite busy but a couple of weeks ago it was time again for this year’s robotic festival at EPFL! On the 5th of May, about 15.000 visitors came to our campus on … Continue reading

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The strange thing about the “undo button”

Today, I am with Valérie at the innorobo summit in Lyon, France where we presented some insights from our ethnographic study with robots in homes. We had some inspiring conversations with a couple of people after the talk and at … Continue reading

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To enter our homes, maybe robots should not be robots.

To enter our homes, maybe robots should not be robots. Argh, that seems controversal. Robots are so fascinating to us but though we don’t want to have them at home. Not really at least. Hardly anyone could imagine to live … Continue reading

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Ce soir à la télé: “A bon entendeur” teste les robots-aspirateurs

Ce soir à la télévision suisse romande, “A bon entendeur” donne un aperçu sur notre projet “robots for daily life”. Un interview avec ma collègue Valérie Bauwens et autres collaborateurs à l’EPFL qui ont évalué la performance des robots-aspirateurs. La … Continue reading

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Thymio II: EPFL Robot Helps Santa Claus Distribute Presents

Have a look at this year’s Santa’s Little Helper, it’s a robot! I just found out that the Thymio II, an educational robot that was created by Fanny Riedo and her colleagues at EPFL, helps Santa Claus distribute presents: I  … Continue reading

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iRobot launches Roomba revenge game for iOS

You don’t have enough from carrying out cleaning activities? Or you already have a Roomba vacuum cleaning robot that does the floors for you? From now on you can distract yourself with the new “Roomba Revenge Game” for iOS: “As … Continue reading

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