Title The Invisible Naked Guy: An exploration of a minimalistic robot
Authors Michael Partridge (HIT Lab NZ)
Christoph Bartneck (University of Canterbury)

Abstract The development of convincing androids is currently constraint by the limitations of artificial intelligence. Instead of developing even more realistic human-like robots we attempt to push the opposite design direction to its extreme. We developed a most minimalistic robot that can still maintain an interesting interaction with users. It consists only of two animated slippers on a box. We exhibited this design exploration at in front of a museum and the responses very highly encouraging. With only a minimal set of clues we were able to create an anthropomorphic illusion.
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