Robot videojournalist uses cuteness to get vox pops

日期:2019-03-01 01:18:07 作者:于枕 阅读:

By Paul Marks BOXIE may look like a cardboard version of Pixar’s Wall-e character, but the robot’s job is to make movies rather than star in them. Designed to wander the streets shooting video, the diminutive droid seeks out people and asks them – in a cute human voice – to tell it an interesting story. The video clips are then edited into a documentary film in the normal way. “The idea was to create a robot that was interesting enough for people to engage with it,” says Alexander Reben, who developed Boxie at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab. The robot, which appeared at the ACM Multimedia Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, in November, has an ultrasound sonar to detect and avoid walls, and a heat sensor to tell it when it’s found a person. It then asks questions, including a request to be picked up and shown around, say a lab or mall. Over a few days Boxie collected about 50 interviews, which the MIT team turned into a 5-minute film. The team was right to focus on perfecting Boxie’s social skills, says Chris Melhuish of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory in the UK. “Future smart machines will need such social intelligence to interact naturally, utilising appropriate gestures, body pose and non-verbal communication,