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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225 Comments
  • # chicken eaterover 2 years
    omg this is super cool i think i want to buy it and use it for good things ;)
    • #elephant loverover 3 years
      I luv this article about emotional robots. I luv the video! #funny!
      • poopersover 4 years
        robots are so cool! 1# fan
        • shut upabout 6 years
          lol bloody
          • bardown_69
            bardown_69over 6 years
            That is amazing, I want him so bad!!!!!!!!!!
            • cool manover 6 years
              i love it!!!!!!
              • my name is jeffalmost 7 years
                Nao is my favorite robot in the hole california
                • jeffabout 7 years
                  AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                  • 🐉about 7 years
                    A robot that can have feelings is AMAZING!😄😃😀😊
                    • Mr.Dudeabout 7 years
                      On joy 1 in the video It looks like he is doing the disco or just dancing.LOL!! :) :)