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How will humans interact with robots in the future, when the world is — perhaps — dominated by walking, talking synthetic beings?
Scientists at MIT's Personal Robot Group have come up with a way to explore the interactions between humans and robots by developing robotic friends designed to be fully integrated into family life.
Researchers have chosen the slightly more cutesy guise of a cuddly teddy bear — rather than a bizarre synthetic human — to conduct their work.
A more recent product of the Huggables Project is the Sensate Bear, which is loaded with full-body touch sensors capable of detecting a full range of human touch gestures, from pats to tickles.
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