Coolest story of the day award…
November 7, 2007
Seriously, how cool is this? Scientists plonk a fairly boring robot down in the middle of a room full of toddlers (18 months to two years old) and leaves them to it. The robot giggles when you pat its head, sits down occasionally and lies down when its batteries run down.
The kids, however, treat it as another toddler, not as a toy. Instead of playing with it for a bit and then ignoring it, they involved it in games.
“Eventually, the children seemed to care about the robot’s well being. They helped it up when it fell, and played “care-taking” games with it – most commonly, when QRIO’s batteries ran out of juice and it lay down, a toddler would come up and cover it with a blanket and say “night, night”.”
Now that’s cool.