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Modified Roomba detects stress, runs away from its abuser

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on March 17th, 2009

Modified Roomba detects stress, runs away from its abuserThis modified Roomba avoids users when it detects high levels of stress. Which is good for it because otherwise it would just be willing to take your abuse if you’re the sick sort that kicks puppies, cute kitties and helpless roombas.

It was designed by researchers at the University of Calgary, who interact with the bot via a headband for gamers that detects how much muscle tension is in your face. The more tension, the more space the Roomba will put between itself and you. The idea is to explore human and machine interaction on an emotional level.

MIT’s Nexi: The overly emotional robot

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on April 3rd, 2008

MIT’s Nexi: The overly emotional robot
MIT thinks that the world needs an emo robot. That’s why they created this next-generation tiny humanoid robot called Nexi. It’s an ‘emotional robot’ designed by roboticist Cynthia Breazeal’s group at the MIT Media Lab. It’s known as an MDS (Mobile/Dexterous/Social) robot, which basically means it can move it’s body, hands, and face in a way that suggests human emotions. Its arms, wrists, and hands are fully adaptable to clutch and raise up to 10 pounds and by the looks of it this thing is probably a cutter too.

It possesses changeable features including eyes, eyebrows, eyelids, and mouth movement. It creeps us out in a whole new cartoon way. It also moves on a pair of animatedly self-balancing wheels. So, if you hurt it’s feelings, it will have no problem chasing you down and killing you.