The Huggable™ is a new type of robotic companion being developed at the MIT Media Lab for healthcare, education, and social communication applications. The Huggable™ designed to be much more than a fun interactive robotic companion. It is designed to function as a team member that is an essential member of a triadic interaction. Therefore, the Huggable™ is not designed to replace any particular person in a social network, but rather to enhance that human social network.

We are currently working with various Media Lab sponsors to create a series of Huggables for real-world applications and trials. We are also working with Microsoft Research, using Microsoft Robotic Studio to develop the communication avatar implementation.

The early technical development of the Huggable™ was supported in part by a Microsoft iCampus grant.