Soft grippers not only grasp fruits: From affective to psychotropic HRI

Caroline Yan Zheng, Kevin Walker

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Soft robots are an emerging class of biologically inspired machines. From the point of view of affective human- robot interaction design, we hypothesise that they are a promising medium to create more emotionally engaging human-robot interaction experiences. We report a preliminary study and early analysis of the affective qualities of four silicone-based soft robotic artefacts. Results gathered so far suggest that they are impactful in eliciting emotional engagement. We discuss the material and kinetic properties that may contribute to such an impact. The findings suggest opportunities for designing affective interaction that afford novel sensory experience. Meanwhile we question how this new class of robotic artefacts that do not look or feel like machines will impact the affective relationship of human users.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-18
Number of pages4
JournalMovement that shapes behaviour: Rethinking how we can form relationships with non-humanlike embodied agents
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2019
Externally publishedYes
EventArtificial Intelligence and Simulated Behaviour - Falmouth University, Falmouth, United Kingdom
Duration: 16 Apr 201918 Apr 2019


  • robotics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • psychotropic
  • human-robot interaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Artificial Intelligence

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