The goals of “understanding humanity” and “humanizing robots” are tightly related to each other. Infanoid Project is trying to relate robotics to human sciences in order to understand the underlying mechanism of social communication specific to humans and some species of primates.
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This is only available in Japan. The Navirobo Teddy Bear has a GPS module, sit it on your dashboard and let the navigating begin. Navirobo will point you in the correct direction and dance when you arrive at the final destination. Don’t miss a turn or the Teddy Bear will laugh at you, once again reaffirming the fact that you are truly a loser. Annoying? You betcha, so we understand why this prototype took a frontal headshot en route (via Ubergizmo).
Smile! We are your friends. Robots will play an important role in our future society. We need to ensure that robots are socially compatible with us in order for society to accept them. Some examples of social robots are: Emuu (pictured above), Kismet and Leonardo.
Source: Social Robots Wikki | Related post: Child care Robot, Everyday Robots