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Vision-Guided Robot Targets Natural Interaction with Humans

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HOLLY O'DELL, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

In 1970, robotics professor Masahiro Mori developed his “uncanny valley” hypothesis, which stated that people react positively to a robot if it has some humanlike features, but they become more repulsed if it starts looking too much like us. A robot named Pepper was developed to bridge that gap by providing human-robot interaction to improve quality of life. Made by SoftBank Robotics Corp., the compact, mobile robot features a design mimicking that of a traditional robot but with eyes that move and arms that articulate. The robot is equipped with advanced computer vision and...Read full article

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