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Raising eyebrows: the power of animated facial features
A social robot with proper visual articulation will allow us to suspend our disbelief for longer. Yes, of course we logically know that it is merely a machine, but if it looks and acts coherently like a character, we will still allow ourselves to be immersed in non-verbal interaction.Read more
Should social robots have touch screens?
Interaction with a social robot like Furhat is inherently different from interaction with a voice assistant. The difference is similar to that between talking to someone face-to-face in the same room compared to a phone conversation.Read more
I can see clearly now – the visual perception of a social robot
For a robot to interact socially with human beings, it indeed must be able to not only detect, but also understand human faces and what they represent. Here is a glimpse into how we make this possible.Read more
How to integrate NLU and Dialog with Furhat
In a conversation, we constantly try to interpret what our conversational partner is saying and decipher what meaning they want to convey. For social robots, we call this capability Natural Language Understanding. But how do we use this in the Furhat platform?Read more
5 steps to making robot interactions stronger
You are designing a social robot interaction. You are fighting against the monotone intonation of speech synthesis, against latency in the speech recognition and against the very narrow conversational path you have to lead your users down because “real” AI does not exist yet. How can you avoid your interaction being experienced as slow and flat? How do you make it come to life?Read more
Using Wizard-of-Oz for user studies with Furhat
Our powerful Wizard-of-Oz tool is a great method to collect data for quick iterations on prototypes and to control experiments. We have outlined how this works and the fun history behind the term.Read more
Why do we even need robots? Aren’t chatbots and avatars enough?
Why are social robots better than chatbots or voice assistants? Here are four powerful reasons.Read more
Behind the scenes: programming the world’s most advanced social robot
What’s it like building a brand new program on the world’s most advanced social robot? With no how-to, no experience, and high ambitions? A software engineer shares his insights.Read more
The 7 best use cases for social robots
What are the best applications for social robots? Which industries are on the verge of the new robotics revolution? Here are 7 ways social robots are about to change the world.Read more
How can social robots help us understand human suffering?
Psychologist Robert Johansson has devoted his life’s work to helping those with mental illness. It’s a problem almost as old as humanity itself — but could modern technology be part of the solution?Read more
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