June 9, 2021 feature
by Ingrid Fadelli , Tech Xplore
In recent years, roboticists have developed a broad variety of social robots, robots designed to communicate with humans, assist them and support them in several different ways. This includes robotic toys and other robots designed to be used by children.
Researchers at University of California- Santa Cruz (UCSC), King's College London, and a US-based company called Sproutel have recently developed a new socially assistive robot specifically designed to aid emotional regulation in children. This robot, presented in a paper pre-published on arXiv, resembles a small creature that a child might want to care for or cuddle.