A Nice Gesture by Jeroen Arendsen

A Nice Gesture by Jeroen Arendsen

A mix of posts on gesture, HCI, perception or robots and some personal information.

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Posts tagged Social Robotics

Robot Man: Marcel Heerink at HvA

Another interesting author on social robotics is Marcel Heerinkk, who works at the HvA, Instituut voor Information Engineering. He has been doing PhD work on robotics and elderly people. Practically all his publications are together with three UvA people: Ben Kröse (IS lab), Bob Wielinga, and Vanessa Evers (both HCS lab). Kröse is also lector [...]

Robot Man: Christoph Bartneck at TU/e

Another strong author on robotics in the Netherlands is Christoph Bartneck. He works at the TU/e, faculty of Industrial Design, sub-department Designed Intelligence (which is only slightly less scary than intelligent design). His list of publications on robotics is very impressive. Recently, there are a couple together with Mathias Rauterberg, the prof who heads the [...]

I-Qbot, a course in robotics for 700 euro

Here is Albert van Breemen’s final movie of the i-Qbot:

Some people on forums are complaining about the i-Qbot: it appears to be quite hard to program and it doesn’t do much on its own. Van Breemen emphasizes the great learning experience. Looking at the ‘end result video’, I can imagine both views.

Albert van Breemen, Robot Man at Philips

There is a very good dutch blogger, called Albert van Breemen, on http://www.personalrobotics.nl/. I got to him when I was checking out the i-QBOT, which he reviewed extensively.
From his About: Albert van Breemen is a Senior Projectleader at Philips Research Laboratories Eindhoven, The Netherlands. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of [...]

Robot Violinist from Toyota

How is this for an entertaining robot. It plays the violin. Why it needs a humanoid shape to do this is beyond me though.

iCat research on social robotics

iCat appears to be developed right here in the Netherlands. At least I saw that Cristoph Bartneck (TUe) and Philips Research mentioned. Bartneck has a whole bunch of interesting papers on social robotics, so I decided to email him about it.

Child Robot with Good Eyes

Here is a really nice robot with eyes that actually allow you to see where he is looking! Quite good, I definitely would put that sort of thing in a robot.
Quite a few people find this robot scary, by the way. Would it be the same as with how a robot looks: appreciation rises if [...]

Learning Robots

Here is a guy who has spent quite a bit of effort on getting robots to learn something.

Is this, as he claims, how a child learns? I’ll have to think that one over.

QRIO interacting with kids

This is the good stuff. Do you see how a bit of interaction (even if it is scripted) creates a magical impression? How difficult can it be to program stuff like this if you know what you want?

Sony’s QRIO discontinued 2006

Here is a golden oldie from Sony, QRIO.

Unfortunately they stopped work on QRIO in 2006.


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