Project

Robotic F.A.C.E.: Facial Alerting in a Communication Environment

The Robotic F.A.C.E. project explores the use of a physical object in the form of a face as a means of user interaction, taking advantage of socially intuitive facial expressions. As a testbed, we use an expressive robotic head, based on the mechanics of a commercial robotic toy that can convey socially strong, non-verbal facial cues to alert and notify. The head, which can be controlled via a powerful serial protocol, is capable of expressing most basic emotions not only statically, but also dynamically, as animation loops that vary some parameter, such as activity, over time.

The Robotic F.A.C.E. project explores the use of a physical object in the form of a face as a means of user interaction, taking advantage of socially intuitive facial expressions. As a testbed, we use an expressive robotic head, based on the mechanics of a commercial robotic toy that can convey socially strong, non-verbal facial cues to alert and notify. The head, which can be controlled via a powerful serial protocol, is capable of expressing most basic emotions not only statically, but also dynamically, as animation loops that vary some parameter, such as activity, over time.