Up Close with MIT’s Huggable Robot

Huggable Takes the StageOnce voted one of Wired’s 50 Best robots ever, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab’s Huggable therapeutic bear robot made a rare public appearance at the Robo Business 2007 conference and expo this week.

Under development since January 2005, the plush, adorable teddy bear robot was on display to help Microsoft’s Tandy Trower demonstrate how companies and researchers are using Microsoft’s new Robotics Studio development kit to drive new functionality for new and existing robots.

The current robot showed off some pretty impressive functionality during the demonstration. Stiehl and his team used the Web-based controls to have the robot look at each researcher sitting in front of it, turning the robot’s head and then labeling the position with each researcher’s name.

Source:  PC mag

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