Cynthia Breazeal, Walter Dan Stiehl, Robert Toscano, Jun Ki Lee, Heather Knight, Sigurdur Orn Adalgeirsson, Jeff Lieberman and Jesse Gray
The Huggable is a new type of robotic companion for health care, education, and social communication applications. The Huggable is much more than a fun, interactive robotic companion; it functions as an essential team member of a triadic interaction. Therefore, the Huggable is not meant to replace any particular person in a social network, but rather to enhance it. The Huggable is being designed with a full-body sensitive skin with over 1,500 sensors, quiet back-drivable actuators, video cameras in the eyes, microphones in the ears, an inertial measurement unit, a speaker, and an embedded PC with 802.11g wireless networking. An important design goal for the Huggable is to make the technology invisible to the user. You should not think of the Huggable as a robot but rather as a richly interactive teddy bear.