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Huggable, the robotic companion for therapeutic applications,
is the result of an MIT project that seeks to take advantage of our
love for animals. Research indcates that animal companionship
benefits people; they can lower our stress, reduce heart rate and
respiratory rate, elevate mood and facilitate greater socialization with
The Huggable robotic therapeutic companion makes use of a variety of cutting-edge technologies:
-The full-body sensate skin consists of three different types of sensors,
electric field, temperature and force - that cover the entire surface of
-An inertial measurement unit, cameras embedded in the eyes and
microphones in the ears.
-Voice coil actuators with position sensing give the Huggable silent,
compliant and backlash-free movement in the neck, shoulders and face.
-An embedded PC with wireless communication capabilities implements
the robots behaviors and provides care givers with effective patient
monitoring and efficient data collection.