Robotic Tortoise Helps Kids to Learn That Robot Abuse Is a Bad Thing

Shelly is fun to play with, but if you hit it, it’ll hide inside its shell until it’s safe to come out again Image: Naver LabsThis timid techno tortoise teaches toddlers tempered touching. Kids like to touch things. Kids like to whack things. This is usually fine when the thing is a toy, but it can be a problem when the thing is a robot. We’ve written about children beating robots up before, and it seems like it’s an inevitability when kids (or even some adults) meet a robot for the first time: They want to see what it can do and how it reacts to things, and that can result in some behaviors and interactions that would be pretty upsetting if they were targeted at something alive. That is to say, sometimes kids are abusive towards robots, especially when there aren ’ t any consequences to the things that they Continue reading Robotic Tortoise Helps Kids to Learn That Robot Abuse Is a Bad Thing

Off-The-Shelf Hacker

It works pretty well. In some ways, I’ve become stuck in the mindset of just using the JeVois for robotic sight. Certainly, as off-the-shelf hackers, we should always be on the lookout for extracurricular ideas to expand our interests and knowledge. While moving a robotic head is old hat, artificial intelligence … More details