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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Toddlers Sing With RUBI
At the University of California - San Diego (UCSD), two robots are attending nursery school to teach songs, colors and shapes to one- and two-year old children.

QRIO (for "Quest for Curiosity") from Sony, and RUBI (for "Robot Using Bayesian Inference"), developed at the Machine Perception Laboratory of UCSD, are there to study the uses of interactive computers for early childhood education. "RUBI is a three foot tall, pleasantly plump robot with a head and two arms. It stands on four non-motorized rubber wheels for moving it easily from place to place."

Preliminary results show that the children like the robots, and even hug them -- until they're bored. Read more for other details, references and pictures of RUBI.
:: posted by Roland Piquepaille, 5:28 AM Comments (0)
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