Nanny Robot Senses Emotions Of Autistic Children
This emotion-sensing robot works with autistic children. Nilanjan Sarkar of Vanderbilt University has developed a method that uses physiological measurements, including heart rate, galvanic skin response, temperature and muscle response, to monitor the emotional state of individuals.
(Emotion-sensing robot works with autistic children)
In a study of six teenagers with ASD, Sarkar attached a battery of physiological sensors to the participants and let play Pong or Nerf basketball with his robot.
He found the physiological data gathered could be used to develop an affective model for each individual that was able to predict emotional states of liking, anxiety and engagement with an accuracy of better than 80 per cent.
Even better, he showed that this information can be used in real time to alter the game configuration in ways that significantly increase the children's degree of engagement.
It is believed that the robot will be able to take over some of the more time-consuming parts of behavioral therapy for autistic children.
Science fiction fans remember another emotion-sensing "robot" - the HAL-9000 computer from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.
"I can tell from your voice harmonics, Dave, that you're badly upset. Why don't you take a stress pill and get some rest?"
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