Robotics is one of the most happening fields of science n technology. There are so many robots that have been developed with a technology beyond once imagination. I have collected some of most advanced human assisting robots around the world in one my older posts called "Rise of robots" .
Now another mind blowing robot has been developed which can interact with humans and can do so with expressing emotions.....!!!!
A scientific team led by Dr. Lola Cañamero at the university of Hertfordshire and in collaboration with a consortium of universities and robotic companies across Europe is the genius behind this awesome robot. Compared other advanced robots existing today, this robot differs in the way that it can form attachments, interact and express emotion through bodily expression. Being a part of the FEELIX GROWING project (it means feel,interact,express. Its a research project that is working to design robots that can detect and respond to human emotional cues.), the name of this cute little robot ( you will come to know why i called it cute after you are finished reading..!!) is Noa.
Noa is programmed to learn just like small children and respond us in a very similar way.It can use the same types of expressive and behavioural cues that babies use to learn to interact socially and emotionally with others.Noa is programmed in such a way that it can learn and adapt adapt to the actions and mood of their human caregivers, and to become particularly attached to an individual who interacts with the robot. The more you interact, the more Noa learns and it gets attached to you emotionally.
Amazingly Noa is capable of expressing anger, fear, sadness, happiness, excitement and pride and will demonstrate very visible distress when it undergoes a stressful situation and the caregiver fails to comfort it...!! Even the infants of chimpanzees were studied extensively in order to learn its communication skills and hence to program Noa.
One of the aims of the project is to provide 24-hour companionship for young children in hospital and to provide support for their parents, carers, doctors and nurses. "Our goal was to create companions who can live with people and support them in daily activities. We want them to live socially and emotionally, to become adapted and to do things in the way humans expect them to," said Lola Cañamero.
See what Dr. Lola Cañamero feels about these emotion expressing robots in her own words in the video uploaded below........