Emergence of Affective Behaviors through Physical Interaction between Human and Mental Commit Robot
Takanori Shibata and Kazuo Tanie
Intelligent Systems Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, 1-1-1 Umezono, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568, Japan
Recent advances in robotics have been applied to automation in industrial manufacturing, with the primary purpose of optimizing practical systems in terms of such objective measures as accuracy, speed, and cost. This paper introduces research on mental commit robot that seeks a different direction that is not so rigidly dependent on such objective measures. The main goal of this research is to explore a new area in robotics, with an emphasis on human-robot interaction. We introduced a cat robot a nd evaluated it by interviewing many people. The results showed that physical interaction improved subjective evaluation. However, some subjects gave severe comments on structure of the cat robot when they interacted with it physically. Because of appearance of cat robot, subjects associated with a real cat depending on their own experiences and knowledge, and then compared the robot with real cat. On the other hand, we developed a seal robot that has appearance of a baby of harp seal. Most people did not know harp seal precisely nor have experience of interaction with it. Then, subjects evaluated the seal robot while interacting with it.
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