This is particularly fascinating,especially for how the movement barrier of stairs, etc. was surmounted by making a robot that asks for help. Making the robot likeable enough for people to want to interact with is a great approach. I thought the G force data was an interesting way to measure how it was being treated, too.
Badr10.29.11 / 10am
I loved this poor robot
Interesting to see symbiotic relationship between humans and robots .. I am quite surprised that there are some people who didn’t like the robot! .. people have some kindness for god sake
[...] “The idea was to create a robot that was interesting enough for people to engage with it and offer to help it, carrying it around and up and down stairs to show it things,” says Reben, a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab. [...]
[...] when it comes to getting robots to interact well with humans. That’s the idea behind Boxie, a robot created by Alexander Reben at MIT Media Lab. Reben wanted to design a robot that could approach people and get them to answer interview [...]
[...] Meet Boxie. He’s a robot videographer with levels of interaction we haven’t seen outside an episode of Dora the Explorer. The project was conceived by [Alex] as his MIT thesis project to see if robots can use humans to make themselves more useful. All we know is Boxie is freaking adorable, as evidenced by this video. [...]
That is very neat. I love that the robot was intentionally made simple-looking. Avoiding the “uncanny valley” was a very wise choice. Unfortunately, the audio queues suffer, a bit, from that effect. Also, I love the results with acceleration values correlated with whether the user liked the robot!
[...] “The idea was to create a robot that was interesting enough for people to engage with it,” says Alexander Reben, who developed Boxie at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab. [...]