The huggable: a therapeutic robotic companion for relational, affective touch

W.D. Stiehl, J. Lieberman, C. Breazeal, L. Basel, R. Cooper, H. Knight, L. Lalla, A. Maymin, S. Purchase
CCNC 2006. 2006 3rd IEEE Consumer Communications and Networking Conference, 2006.  
Numerous studies have shown the positive benefits of companion animal therapy. Unfortunately, companion animals are not always available. The Huggable is a new type of robotic companion being designed specifically for such cases. It features a full body "sensitive skin" for relational affective touch, silent, muscle-like, voice coil actuators, an embedded PC with data collection and networking capabilities. In this paper we briefly describe the Huggable and propose a live demonstration of the robot.
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doi:10.1109/ccnc.2006.1593253 dblp:conf/ccnc/StiehlLBBCKLMP06 fatcat:m27qhypac5dy7l2uzhws5uanwi