We have been seeing robots for a long time in movies and cartoons. They were empathetic creations of the humans who were kind and funny and would help those who were in trouble. Wall E was one such robot that stole our hearts by its capability to feel. Robots like that are becoming a reality, and many companies are investing and working on such robots which would make worthy companions for the humans with human emotions embedded within them. The development of artificial intelligence has made it possible to implement the sense of feeling and to show emotions. The development of the ability to feel emotions in robots can be put to use in a variety of areas, such as for therapeutic purposes and to assist kids with autism.
A lot of companies have been developing robots that tug on emotions of the people, and they have been largely successful. Lego Mindstorm is one such robot. Lego has established itself as a company that is loved not only by the kids but adults too. The Lego Mindstorm series of robots were a surprising introduction from a toy company. The kits allowed the consumers to design the robots themselves and kicked off a number of books, competitions, and projects. It was received with a lot of enthusiasm by the kids as they were introduced to robotics for the first time in an interesting manner. The series has been continuing till now, and the subsequent versions feature better components than before.
Aibo was a dog lover’s favorite robot, introduced by Sony. Aibo was the perfect example of how a robot took the place of a living creature and kept up with the expectations of the owner. It was developed by Sony through three generations and became very popular. The robot also competed in the RoboCup and became a star overnight. Unfortunately, Sony stopped the production of Aibo, and the world lost one of the most loved robots of all times. To lessen the pain of the loss of Aibo, Nao was introduced to the world, made by SoftBank Robotics. Nao is a humanoid combined with a number of sensors to assess its environment. Nao is successfully able to recreate the emotions of humans and can communicate with the people around it using the inbuilt loudspeakers and microphones. It can also recognize shapes using the cameras built into the system. Anyone can develop Nao by joining the SoftBank Robotics Community.
KeepOn was a robot initially meant to be a toy to assist kids having development disorders like autism, with studies and interpersonal coordination. But it became very popular when the world saw it dance to a song by the Spoon. People were amazed by how such a simple robot could be so cute and adorable. Pleo was a similar robot which was made so that it learned and interacted with the user as well as move around. The popularity of this robot was so massive that it sold about 27 million units in just 12 months. Pleo was popular among all age groups, and its sophistication made it a favorite for robot builders.
Robots are here to stay, and with the development of artificial intelligence, they will only get better at empathy. Robots like Sophia, who can accurately replicate human emotions, will become more accessible to the average consumer.