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Robotic smiles

Posted by on 20 July 2011

The future of robotics is in their smile, according to Professor Peter McOwan from Queen’s Mary, University of London from the exhibit Facing up to faces. His team focuses on the social interaction of robots with humans and the long term benefits of this. Their theory is that if robots can interact with humans in a social way, humans will become more attached to them and will be more likely to continue to use the robot in the long term. In many ways the designers for these robots have sought inspiration from how a dog reacts to humans as they are such sociable animals but they also have the human ability to recognise facial expressions and react to them appropriately. Listen to this podcast to find out more about this fascinating research.