FocusMEDICAL ROBOTS

Socially assistive robotics: Human augmentation versus automation

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Science Robotics  15 Mar 2017:
Vol. 2, Issue 4, eaam5410
DOI: 10.1126/scirobotics.aam5410

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  • Fig. 1 An example of a socially assistive robot.

    Chili, a squash-and-stretch 6 degree-of-freedom robot with a digital face, was used to interact with 5- to 8-year-old first graders to teach and motivate them to make healthy food choices. The study involved 26 children interacting with the robot twice per week for 3 weeks and found that the children learned nutrition concepts and engaged with the robot and that their verbal responses to the robot became richer over time.

    (CREDIT: M. J. MATARIĆ)