Allen, J., Cang, L., Phan-Ba, M., Strang, A., and MacLean, K.E., “Introducing the CuddleBot: A Robot That Responds to Touch Gestures,” in Proc. of ACM/IEEE Int'l Conf on Human Robot Interaction (HRI) - Demo, Portland, 2015.
We present the Cuddlebot, a cat-sized robot equipped with a full-body, flexible fabric pressure sensitive touch sensor. Cuddlebot can move its head, arch its back, purr, and change how it ``breathes.' Our research explores how touch interactions affect stress and anxiety mitigation, and we demonstrate our current gesture recognition system, enabling users to connect sensed gestures and response behaviours.