Category CHILDREN

Baby-faced robot used to analyze why infants smile

ROBOT TO FIND OUT WHY BABIES LIKE TO SMILE

robot-baby-smiles-The Diego-san robot, which isn't creepy at all IMAGE www.spy-drones.com

Babies may like to be smiled at, but they don’t put undue effort into smiling at people in order to make that happen. That’s one of the findings of a study conducted by a team of computer scientists, roboticists and developmental psychologists at the University of California, San Diego. To develop their theory, they enlisted the help of a robot you won’t soon forget.
The study drew upon earlier research, in which the face-to-face interactions between 13 mothers and their infants were analyzed. In particular, it was noted when and how often the moms and babies smiled.
Using that data, the UCSD researchers programmed a robot known as Diego-san, which was initially created as a platform for studying the cognitive development of infants...
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