Disney Studying How Robot Movements Affects Human Emotions & Interaction

Published by , April 2, 2018 12:12 pm

(TechCrunch)  Disney Research is studying how a robot might approach a simple interaction with a nearby human.The study had people picking up a baton with a magnet at one end and passing it to a robotic arm, which would automatically move to collect the baton with its own magnet.
The researchers threw variations into the mix to see how they affected the forces involved, how people moved and what they felt about the interaction. The robot had two types each of three phases: movement into position, grasping the object and removing it from the person’s hand. The human subjects were uncomfortable if they felt the object was being yanked out of their hands.

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