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Dancing Robot Swan Triggers Emotions


Researchers at Sweden's Malardalen University have created a robot in the form of a swan that can dance to the music of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. "We want to explore the limits of what a robot can do, what human expressions it can mimic, and how it affects people's perception of the robot when it makes an appearance in art and dance," says Malardalen professor Lars Asplund.

The one-meter-tall robot was built using a modular system and features 19 joints, which makes it very flexible.

The researchers say the robot's four-minute-long dance has received positive reviews. "With our swan we are showing that we can use robots in new ways—simply because they are beautiful and give the audience new experiences," says Malardalen researcher Kerstin Gauffin.

From Malardalen University
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