Category Archives: Random thoughts

“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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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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How do we wish to interact with robots?

What does human-robot interaction (HRI) mean? The interaction between humans and robots means some kind of action between a human and a robot. Whereas we are clear about the human part of this interaction, there is no common ground for … Continue reading

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Robots are co-evolving with us

What does it mean to take the gray wolf home? The domestication of the dog began thousands of years ago. It still continues with cross-breeding dogs to create so called “designer dogs” or “hybrid dogs”. Can we transfer the evolution … Continue reading

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Robots are on the march!

Do you know about this phenomenon that once you feel like you discovered something new, all of a sudden you find this something everywhere, springing up like mushrooms? Let me be more precise: Since I’m engaged in robotics, I see … Continue reading

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Roomba art

When you put some color LEDs on your Roomba, you can take long exposure light photos like these and it looks artfully robotic :) This could be seen as a creative way to check whether your vacuum cleaning robot has … Continue reading

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