Dumb robots, smart phones: A case study of music listening companionship

Guy Hoffman
2012 2012 IEEE RO-MAN: The 21st IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication  
Combining high-performance, sensor-rich mobile devices with simple, low-cost robotic platforms could accelerate the adoption of personal robotics in real-world environments. We present a case study of this "dumb robot, smart phone" paradigm: a robotic speaker dock and music listening companion. The robot is designed to enhance a human's listening experience by providing social presence and embodied musical performance. In its initial application, it generates segmentspecific, beat-synchronized
more » ... estures based on the song's genre, and maintains eye-contact with the user. All of the robot's computation, sensing, and high-level motion control is performed on a smartphone, with the rest of the robot's parts handling mechanics and actuator bridging.
doi:10.1109/roman.2012.6343779 dblp:conf/ro-man/Hoffman12 fatcat:na5ko4zmxzbozejmlmqxeh2fvi