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kaspar - robot

Fri 27 Aug 2010 8:26am

Robot Therapy

Science Museum, London – August 25-27

Okay, not strictly anything to do with games, but this exhibition does have a robot and that's the next best thing. KASPAR is apparently a new child-like humanoid 'bot created by scientists at the University of Hertfordshire, to aid children suffering from autism. It's part of the wider Robot Cub project which is carrying out cognitive research through the use of robotic systems.

But if that's not the droid you're looking for, the exhibition will also feature Phantom, a force feedback device that lets users to touch objects in the virtual world, and IROMEC, a robotic toy for children with disabilities.


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  • michaelz's picture

    kaspar's in the news again.


    ...An autistic four-year-old girl is learning to love being hugged thanks to a friendly robot called Kaspar.

    Eden Sawczenko used to recoil when other little girls held her hand and turned stiff when they gave her a cuddle.

    This year she began playing with a robot that teaches about emotions and physical contact - and now she hugs everyone...



  • MikeS's picture

    Hi Michael,

    Thanks for posting this link. This seems to be getting a lot of coverage on the web. I'm putting something out on Twitter and Facebook about it this afternoon.

    - Mike

    Mike - Former Community Manager
  • michaelz's picture

    robots that care.

    In the first of a two-part series, Robots that Care, Jon Stewart charts the advances in robotics that are increasingly leading to direct one-to-one contact between humans and robots...


    includes coverage of how autists can be helped by robots - some coverage in the first episode at link ; more extensive coverage next week - 11.00 hours, monday 3rd october. 


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    If I were able to afford one in future, I'd have to call him 'Marvin' - lol!

    Damian - Community Champion

    Damian - Retired Community Champion
  • MikeS's picture

    For some reason I thought that was going to be Jon Stewart from the Daily Show and then I realised that would be a bit silly. Thanks, Michael, I look forward to the more extensive coverage about robots and autism next week. Can you remind me when that goes out as I'd like to share it on the social networks.

    - Mike 

    Mike - Former Community Manager
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    ...synthetic animals have come on leaps and bounds (literally, in some cases) since Sony created robo-dog Aibo...




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    ...With one in 110 children diagnosed with autism, and therapists in short supply, researchers are developing humanoids to fill the gaps. But can robots help patients forge stronger bonds with people?...


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    a shortened version of the `robots that care` documentary has been rebroadcast on the world service.

    part one -  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00ldyz8

    part two - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00lf0xq


    "If popular culture has taught us anything, it is that someday mankind must face and destroy the growing robot menace."

    Author and robotic engineer Daniel H Wilson's description of How to Survive a Robot Uprising seems like it is straight out of a robot disaster movie.

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    december at the science museum.


    The Robotville Festival will celebrate the most cutting-edge in European robot design and innovation – and explore the cultural significance of robots. You can meet over 20 unique robots and their makers, who will be on hand to demonstrate their work and talk to visitors.

    Robotville is free but timed entry applies. Book tickets by calling 08708704868

    RSVP to this event on Facebook.


  • MikeS's picture

    Thanks, Michael. I might well pop along to this. It sounds fascinating!

    - Mike 

    Mike Stuart
    Community Manager
    Talk about Autism 

    Mike - Former Community Manager


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