Nao, An Emotional Robot

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While Robots have been programmed to perform all kinds of human chores, they still act like - well robots, until Nao, the first robot that has been designed to feel and project human emotions like love, fear and sorrow.

Led by computer scientist Lola Canamero, Nao is part of Feelix Growing (Feel, Interact, Express), a collaborative effort of a team of scientists from eight European Universities

Modeled after infant human or ape behavior, Nao becomes attached to any human who treats it with care or is scared of anyone who mistreats it, thanks to its brain which is programmed to remember good or bad experiences from the past. And, it will show its emotions very clearly too - But since it can't change the expression on its face, it does it through actions - hunching its shoulders when sad, raising its arm for a hug when happy, and cowering away when afraid!

Nao, which uses video cameras to gauge its distance to humans, and sensors, to judge their behavior, has been developed to provide companionship to humans, especially young children in hospitals - To not only comfort them, but also provide some relief for parents, caregivers and doctors. Once the basic model has been perfected, the robot will be programmed to do additional things, such as monitor young children with diabetes.

sources: bbc.co.uk, dailymail.co.uk

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  • # chicken eaterThursday, October 17, 2019 at 8:46 am
    omg this is super cool i think i want to buy it and use it for good things ;)
    • #elephant loverMonday, November 5, 2018 at 2:23 pm
      I luv this article about emotional robots. I luv the video! #funny!
      • poopersTuesday, October 31, 2017 at 12:13 pm
        robots are so cool! 1# fan
        • shut upWednesday, April 13, 2016 at 10:45 am
          lol bloody
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            bardown_69Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 10:07 am
            That is amazing, I want him so bad!!!!!!!!!!
            • cool manTuesday, October 20, 2015 at 7:14 am
              i love it!!!!!!
              • my name is jeffTuesday, June 30, 2015 at 10:42 am
                Nao is my favorite robot in the hole california
                • jeffWednesday, May 20, 2015 at 11:07 am
                  AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                  • 🐉Friday, April 17, 2015 at 6:59 am
                    A robot that can have feelings is AMAZING!😄😃😀😊
                    • Mr.DudeThursday, April 9, 2015 at 4:32 pm
                      On joy 1 in the video It looks like he is doing the disco or just dancing.LOL!! :) :)