Just like computers needed a friendly interface before taking off, robotics pioneer Rodney Brooks tells human-robotics interaction researchers to focus on the user experience with bots.
A friendly robot programmed to interact and educate kids with autism is officially launched into special-needs classrooms.
A Tokyo-based entrepreneur is in the process of designing a "smart doll" robot that will respond to human interaction.
This disembodied robot can identify you in a crowd, mimic human emotions, and follow you around the room with its eyes. Plus, it's programmable to display any face, even your own.
Mark Chiappetta demos iRobot's test platform for experimenting with human/robot interaction technologies.
Starved for a little social contact? The face of a robot or doll will seem more alive to you than to someone with a brimming social life.
Fujitsu, best-known for laptops, is working on cute bear-shaped bots to provide comfort and interaction at nursing homes.
A child-size humanoid bot with a face inspired by comics is being used to teach interaction skills to kids who may lack an instinctive understanding of social cues.
Copying a standard sci-fi film plot, humanoid robot Nao is becoming more human by developing emotions. The RoboCup star might be able to fake it like the best human soccer players.
Researchers are developing bots that mimic infant behavior to further study human development. They also seem intent on creating the creepiest baby robot ever.