AUR was designed around an existing 5-DoF robotic
arm, using a two-way evolutionary prototyping
approach. The process went back-and-forth between
mechanical, material, form, and interaction design,
until the final version was built. See design
The lamp is aimed to evoke a personal relationship
with the human partner without resorting to
creature-like features such as eyes, limbs, or a
mouth. By retaining the lamp's "objectness", we
hope to explore the relationship that can be
maintained between a human and an object through
abstract gestures and nonverbal behavior alone.
On a more general note, we believe that robot
design for HRI is bound to express itself as a
separate field charting an interdisciplinary course
on the brink of mechanical, electronic, product,
human-factors, interaction, and animation design.
Currently robot design is a predominantly
grassroots activity, performed by a loosely
selected collection of graduate students,
mechanical, electrical, and computer engineers.
In August 2007,
AUR won the Gold Prize in the IEEE RO-MAN 2007
Robot Design Competition.
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