SnuggleBot: A Simple Cuddly Companion Robot Prototype
Loneliness is becoming an increasing problem, which has been exacerbated by the widespread isolation associated with the current global pandemic. Social robotics research has shown the potential of robots to improve the mood and wellness of people. However, existing approaches to social robots require heavy technical resources. In this short paper, we present our approach to designing a cuddly companion robot, which reduces the technical requirements of the robot while still providing support to the user.
Danika Passler Bates, James E. Young. 2022. SnuggleBot: A simple cuddly companion robot prototype. In Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Designerly HRI, at the ACM International Conference of Human Robot Interaction (HRI'22), 3 pages.