It is good time to play with Social Robots

Social robotics has a research area in Universities for a while, looking into interface with robots that are based around our social cues, or modelling social cues to understand neurodiversity such as Autism. Some great work by companies such Aldebaran Robotics ( with their Nao and Pepper robots have raised the profile of social robotics.

People like Cynthia Breazeal leading on this:

What I find most exciting is these robots are now they are coming into the home.

At the entry level in terms of price, and very well featured, is the OhBot ( This is a  is a kit for a robot head with a Scratch-like interface having face-detection, some speech recognition in the current version; controlling several servos to get facial movement. It has provided hours of fun so far (see the video below). This is a great bit of kit for its price.

Jibo has been developed by a company headed by Cynthia Breazeal. It is not yet released (end of 2015/beginning of 2016) but the videos make it look very interesting. A stationary robot that seems to be about providing a social interface to many of things we do.

A robot soon to be released by Bullfrog Robotics ( . This is an incredible cute robot. 

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It is a good time: 1 Introduction

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