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Testing Robotic Companions on a Simulated Mission to Mars via @IEEESpectrum #robotics #mars

With the Romibo platform, the passive personality had the wheels turned off and a cushion placed under the bottom of the robot. This made the robot platform more receptive to being held or hugged by crew members. The Romibo passive personality was modeled after domestic cats. Crew members were asked to place Romibo next to them while working on their computers, relaxing and watching a movie, or while reading in bed. This robotic companion was programmed with a number of functions to allow it to interact with crew members. For example, Romibo would request a hug by asking for it verbally (Romibo can speak a few words of English), or blink and change its antenna colors randomly. When petted, Romibo would giggle, fall asleep, and snore for two minutes, or hum a quiet tune. The distance and light sensors were programmed to watch for changes created when a person moved in its v...

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