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Meet Spot, the robot dog that can run, hop and open doors | Marc Raibert
That science fiction future where robots can do what people and animals do may be closer than you think. Marc Raibert, founder of Boston Dynamics, is developing advanced robots that can gallop like a cheetah, negotiate 10 inches of snow, walk upright on two legs and even open doors and deliver...
A field study with primary school children on perception of social presence and interactive behavior with a pet robot
| Contributor(s):: Marcel Heerink, Marta Díaz, Jordi Albo-Canals, Cecilio Angulo, Alex Barco, Judit Casacuberta, Carles Garriga
This paper presents a study on measuring (1) how children experience a pet robot, (2) how they play with it and (3) how children’s perceptions on and interaction with pet robots are interrelated. The study features different types of subjective and objective techniques to assess the degree...
Affecting affect effectively : investigating a haptic-affect platform for guiding physiological responses
| Contributor(s):: Joseph P. Hall
This thesis describes the development of a platform for touch-guided anxiety management via engagement with a robot pet. An existing physiological sensor suite and “Haptic Creature” robot pet are modified to influence user physiological responses through real-time interaction guided...
Sensing and recognizing affective touch in a furry zoomorphic object
| Contributor(s):: Anna Flagg
Over the last decade, the surprising fact has emerged that machines can possess therapeutic power. Due to the many healing qualities of touch, one route to such power is in haptic emotional interaction, which in turn requires sophisticated touch sensing and interpretation. We explore the...
The Haptic Creature : social human-robot interaction through affective touch
| Contributor(s):: Steven John Yohanan
Emotion communication is an important aspect of social interaction. Affect display research from psychology as well as social human-robot interaction has focused primarily on facial or vocal behaviors, as these are the predominant means of expression for humans. Much less attention, however, has...
Robots sociales y animales en la terapia de personas con demencia avanzada
| Contributor(s):: Meritxell Valentí Soler
Las personas con demencia pueden padecer trastornos de comportamiento que disminuyen su calidad de vida y aumentan el coste de su cuidado y el desgaste de su cuidador. La terapia con animales desde hace años se conoce como beneficiosa para reducir dichos síntomas. Los robots...
Effect of an interactive therapeutic robotic animal on engagement, mood states, agitation and psychotropic drug use in people with dementia: a cluster-randomised controlled trial protocol
| Contributor(s):: Wendy Moyle, Elizabeth Beattie, Brian Draper, David Shum, Lukman Thalib, Cindy Jones, Siobhan O'Dwyer, Cindy Mervin
Introduction Apathy, agitated behaviours, loneliness and depression are common consequences of dementia. This trial aims to evaluate the effect of a robotic animal on behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia in people with dementia living in long-term aged care.Methods and...
Pet Companion Robot for Visually Impaired Elderly
| Contributor(s):: Fanglin Chao
The proposed concept serves as the middle person to feed, detect, trash collect and communicate between the elderly and the pet. Several kind of interaction mode was also proposed to fulfill the ability and living characteristics of the elderly. Although only part of function...
Social robots in advanced dementia
| Contributor(s):: Valenti Soler, M., Aguera-Ortiz, L., Olazaran Rodriguez, J., Mendoza Rebolledo, C., Perez Munoz, A., Rodriguez Perez, I., Osa Ruiz, E., Barrios Sanchez, A., Herrero Cano, V., Carrasco Chillon, L., Felipe Ruiz, S., Lopez Alvarez, J., Leon Salas, B., Canas Plaza, J. M., Martin Rico, F., Abella Dago, G., Martinez Martin, P.
Computational public safety- dogs, robots and disasters: Dr. Alexander Ferworn at TEDxRyersonU
| Contributor(s):: Alexander Ferworn
Dr. Alexander Ferworn, professor at the Department of Computer Science, has made a career at Ryerson by looking at challenges from perspectives very different from those of his colleagues. He started with the idea to put cameras on rescue dogs who search rubble, which led to attaching robots to...
Emotion Attribution to a Non-Humanoid Robot in Different Social Situations
| Contributor(s):: Lakatos, Gabriella, Gácsi, Márta, Konok, Veronika, Brúder, Ildikó, Bereczky, Boróka, Korondi, Péter, Miklósi, Ádám
Granny and the robots: ethical issues in robot care for the elderly
| Contributor(s):: Sharkey, A., Sharkey, N.
The Development of a Companionship Scale for Artificial Pets
| Contributor(s):: Luh, D. B., Li, E. C., Kao, Y. J.
The Eldercare Factory
| Contributor(s):: Sharkey, N., Sharkey, A.
Care robots for the supermarket shelf: a product gap in assistive technologies
| Contributor(s):: Blackman, T. I. M.
The March of the Robot Dogs
| Contributor(s):: Sparrow, Robert
Sociality motivation and anthropomorphic thinking about pets
| Contributor(s):: Paul, E. S., Moore, A., McAinsh, P., Symonds, E., McCune, S., Bradshaw, J. W. S.
Sociality motivation, the need to feel socially connected with others, has been proposed as an important determinant of individual variation in anthropomorphic thinking. Specifically, it has been suggested that people who are socially isolated or disconnected will tend to infer more human-like...
Can you kill a robot nanny?: Ethological approach to the effect of robot caregivers on child development and human evolution
| Contributor(s):: Kubinyi, E., Pongrácz, P., Miklosi, Adam
Children, the elderly, and interactive robots: anthropomorphism and deception in robot care and companionship.
| Contributor(s):: Sharkey, Amanda, Sharkey, Noel
The ethical landscape of robotics: bringing ethics into the design and use of robots.
| Contributor(s):: Łichocki, Pawel, Kahn, Peter H., Jr., Billard, Aude