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Mechanical design of the huggable robot Probo

Kristof Goris, Jelle Saldien UGent, Bram Vanderborght and Dirk Lefeber (2011) INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMANOID ROBOTICS. 8(3). p.481-511
abstract
This paper reports on the mechanical design of the huggable robot Probo. Its intentions include human–robot interaction (HRI), both physical and cognitive, with a special focus on children. Since most of the communication passes through nonverbal cues and since people rely on face-to-face communication, the focus of Probo's communicative skills lies initially on facial expressions. The robot has 20 high-precision motors in its head and body. They are used to actuate the ears, eyebrows, eyelids, eyes, trunk, mouth, and neck. To build safety aspects intrinsically in the robot's hardware, all the motors are linked with flexible components. In case of a collision, the robot will be elastic and safety will be ensured. The mechanics of Probo are covered by protecting plastic shells, foam, and soft fur. This gives Probo's animal-like look and makes the robot huggable.
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subject
keyword
EXPRESSION, COMMUNICATION, design, interaction, Robotics
journal title
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMANOID ROBOTICS
Int. J. Humanoid Robot.
volume
8
issue
3
pages
481 - 511
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000298006000005
JCR category
ROBOTICS
JCR impact factor
0.373 (2011)
JCR rank
17/19 (2011)
JCR quartile
4 (2011)
ISSN
0219-8436
DOI
10.1142/S0219843611002563
language
English
UGent publication?
no
classification
A1
id
2003711
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2003711
date created
2012-01-25 21:51:21
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2016-12-19 15:45:05
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  abstract     = {This paper reports on the mechanical design of the huggable robot Probo. Its intentions include human--robot interaction (HRI), both physical and cognitive, with a special focus on children. Since most of the communication passes through nonverbal cues and since people rely on face-to-face communication, the focus of Probo's communicative skills lies initially on facial expressions. The robot has 20 high-precision motors in its head and body. They are used to actuate the ears, eyebrows, eyelids, eyes, trunk, mouth, and neck. To build safety aspects intrinsically in the robot's hardware, all the motors are linked with flexible components. In case of a collision, the robot will be elastic and safety will be ensured. The mechanics of Probo are covered by protecting plastic shells, foam, and soft fur. This gives Probo's animal-like look and makes the robot huggable.},
  author       = {Goris, Kristof and Saldien, Jelle and Vanderborght, Bram and Lefeber, Dirk},
  issn         = {0219-8436},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMANOID ROBOTICS},
  keyword      = {EXPRESSION,COMMUNICATION,design,interaction,Robotics},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {481--511},
  title        = {Mechanical design of the huggable robot Probo},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1142/S0219843611002563},
  volume       = {8},
  year         = {2011},
}

Chicago
Goris, Kristof, Jelle Saldien, Bram Vanderborght, and Dirk Lefeber. 2011. “Mechanical Design of the Huggable Robot Probo.” International Journal of Humanoid Robotics 8 (3): 481–511.
APA
Goris, Kristof, Saldien, J., Vanderborght, B., & Lefeber, D. (2011). Mechanical design of the huggable robot Probo. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMANOID ROBOTICS, 8(3), 481–511.
Vancouver
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Goris K, Saldien J, Vanderborght B, Lefeber D. Mechanical design of the huggable robot Probo. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMANOID ROBOTICS. 2011;8(3):481–511.
MLA
Goris, Kristof, Jelle Saldien, Bram Vanderborght, et al. “Mechanical Design of the Huggable Robot Probo.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMANOID ROBOTICS 8.3 (2011): 481–511. Print.