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MIT Produces Huggable Robotic Companion

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posted on Aug, 2 2006 @ 01:36 PM

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
other people.

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
the robot.
-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.


I like reading about technologies developed that are more, shall I say
personable, not to say I don't like non-personal technology, but anyhow.
I'd like to have one of these, not connected to anything of course.

Comments, Opinions?

posted on Aug, 2 2006 @ 01:42 PM
My cats are paranoid already just think apet you dont have to feed or clean up after,,, cool

posted on Aug, 2 2006 @ 01:56 PM
Yep, plus it monitors your biosigns.

Definately a very great technology.

posted on Aug, 2 2006 @ 02:30 PM
I was watching AI, and was moderately bored through most of it, but about halfway through, I leaned over and told my wife "Screw the robot kid, I want that bear!"

I want one of those. That bear rocked. If I had an AI pet that was that realistic, I'm not sure I'd want a dog or cat.

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