Christian Long

David Hanson: Robots that Show Emotion

In TED Talks on April 6, 2010 at 11:41 am

Reflection by BRITTANY C.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

David Hanson: Robots that Show Emotion

I really liked this video. Mr. Hanson interested me in the science category. I liked how he shows his working process at his lab. I also liked how he showed more than one videos of different robots that he worked on. Mr. Hanson talks about the process and science of his demonstration.

In this video Mr. Hanson talks about robotics and art to design life like robots to mimic human expressions and emotions. The material he uses for the face is Frubber. Frubber is the elastic polymer that makes realistic facial movement and speech possible while being stronger, more elastic and only using a fraction of the power required for existing materials. It has three major innovations in the material that allow this to happen. One is a hierarchical pore. And the other is macro molecular nanoscale porosity in the material. Mr. Hanson developed a series of technologies that allowed the robots to make more realistic facial expressions on lower power, which enabled the walking biped robots, the first androids.

Next Mr. Hanson demonstrates the robot with himself. Mr. Hanson plugged him up and started to test the robot. When Mr. Hanson smiled, the robot smiled. The robot followed his expression. When, Mr. Hanson was sad, the robot was sad too. the robot sensed Mr. Hanson emotion. Whatever emotion or expression Mr. Hanson made the robot did the same.

Overall I loved this video. Mr. Hanson scienctic talk was inspirational. This would be a good video for a science class. If I have to rate this video on a scale from one to ten, one being the worst, I would give it a ten. I would recommend this video to other people who are taking an engineering class or robotics. This video is really cool. This is a good video for all ages.


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