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How toys will shape future robots

14 October 2014

Wind-up robot toys

From Furbies to Cabbage Patch Dolls, the most successful toys have employed a variety of tricks to make us love them, and as Chris Baraniuk discovers, now these cues could shape future robots too.

"When we saw that children were able to have a very strong connection with a Tamagotchi, a very simple device, we knew that it would be possible to create a much stronger connection with a robot that had a humanoid shape, an expressive voice, and expressive gestures,” explains Aldebaran’s research director, Rodolphe Gelin.

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Keywords: toys, robots, electronics, digital, characteristics of technological outcomes, characteristics of technology

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