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The Emerging Field of HRI A Study of Human Robot Interactions

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The Emerging Field of HRI A Study of Human Robot Interactions

Have you heard about CaliExpress? Situated in Pasadena, California, it is claimed to be the world’s first, fully autonomous and AI-powered restaurant! Yes, you read it right! Utilizing extremely advanced systems in the realm of food technology, in both the grill and fry stations, it is a clear reflection of humans interacting with leading-edge robotics and artificial intelligence.

Entrance of CaliExpress: the world’s first, fully autonomous and AI-powered restaurant

Source: Miso Robotics 

This phenomenon of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI)  has been gaining great attention in recent times [thanks to the rapidly evolving tech-advancements :)]. In an era where technology has inevitably intertwined with our day-to-day lives, it is important to be aware of the dynamics between robots and humans. 

Understanding HRI better 

HRI, at its core, is a multidisciplinary field of study that goes beyond the technological aspects. It explores how robots can be designed in a manner that they can efficiently communicate, collaborate, and coexist with humans. The study of HRI opens doors to limitless possibilities that have the potential to revolutionize many market sectors. 

At OBotz, we understand the importance of this emerging area and thus through robotics for kids, we introduce your little champs to the basics of robotics through hands-on learning experience. Establishing a sense of familiarity with robotics not only helps them gain hard-core skills but also assists their soft skills of creativity and reasoning. 

Key Components of the HRI

HRI, as a field of study, is full of complexities but can be segmented into simpler units. Breaking this study down, helps one easily understand the important aspects that govern human-robot interactions. Some of these components are:

1. Sensing and Perception

Robots must be equipped with sensors that enable them to perceive and respond to their environment accordingly. This includes visual sensors for recognizing objects and people, auditory sensors for understanding speech, and touch sensors for interacting with physical objects.

2. Action and Control

When these robots sense their surroundings, they react to it by actions. While they perform these actions according to the instructions, they must be aligned with human expectations. 

3. Social Interaction

Naturally, when humans and robots interact, they must embed themselves in the social surroundings. While creating robots, the thought of how to make them interpret humanized emotions and interact accordingly is important.

The in-person and online robotics classes for kids offered at OBotz ensure that children think beyond the conventions by equipping them with knowledge and hands-on learning experience in Electronics, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning. This helps them come up with ideas that support a smooth interaction between humans and robots. Developing such critical thinking qualities at nascent stages helps children form a strong mental foundational base for any of their future endeavors.

OBotz student experience hands-on learning in Electronics, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning.


Application of HRI

Not only in the food industry but examples of human-robot interactions can be seen across various market segments. Robots, alongside humans, are now handling a part of the manufacturing processes, increasing the accuracy and efficiency of the work. In the medical realm, robots are assisting individuals with disabilities, supporting them, and enhancing their overall quality of life. DAWN, a cafe in Tokyo, Japan is run by robots who are remotely controlled by specially-abled individuals!

Our day-to-day life routines are no exception. Robots can now also assist with household chores and the concept of smart homes is an illustration of this. In an era where loneliness and social isolation are growing concerns, social robots offer companionship. Designed to engage in conversations, recognize emotions, and adapt to user preferences, these robots become more than mere machines. The use of HRI is also evident in the usage of robotics for kids with the making of Miko mini, an AI-powered robot that is a perfect companion for kids. 

Future of HRI

The future of HRI is not confined to laboratories and research institutions. With its wide-reaching applications, HRI is a field awaiting to be explored by young and curious minds (just like your children!). While it is enormously assisting industries such as manufacturing and healthcare, the evolving landscape of HRI presents a myriad of opportunities for young learners. By incorporating HRI principles into STEM education, students can gain not only technical skills but also a deep understanding of the social dimensions of technology.

OBotz offers in-person and online robotics classes for kids and aims to prepare these young and curious minds for the AI-powered world through exciting courses!! Breaking robotics for kids into a seven-level curriculum, we ensures that children gradually learn and gain hands-on experience along with a lot of fun! Become a part of the OBotz family and let your child explore the world of Robotics: something that is going to empower all of our future greatly! Book a free trial class now!!