Roboticist creates Hugvie - Huggable vibrating pillow smartphone accessory

]]> The Hugvie is a cushion in a minimalistic human form. It contains a pocket into which you can put your mobile phone, transforming it into a physical communication medium. The shape of this huggable cushion is based on the Telenoid robot developed by Osaka University's Professor Ishiguro. It contains a microcontroller and vibrators which match the characteristics of the caller's voice, so people can have a richer communication experience when talking on the phone with loved ones. "The two vibrators produce a throbbing sound like a heartbeat. That pulse can get faster or stronger, depending on the volume and tone of the caller's voice. We've used several rules like that to create the pulsing sound." "When we gave Telenoids to seniors, most people hugged them like this when they talked to the other person. The Telenoid has various capabilities, but in its simplest form, it could just consist of a cellphone and a soft, cuddly object shaped like a person. We think this could be used by families and lovers, as

Roboticist creates Hugvie - Huggable vibrating pillow smartphone accessory

(Phys.org) -- Japanese robot designer Hiroshi Ishiguro is fast becoming a sort of roboticist for the people, in Japan anyway. Instead of terminator style robots meant to do a lot of serious ...

Tue 1 May 12 from Phys.org

Huggable Robot Has a Beating Heart

A plush robot sends good vibrations from your loved one.

Thu 3 May 12 from Discovery.com

Meet Hugvie: The robotic, slightly creepy (and not very pocketable) pillow-phone that hugs you while you talk to loved ones

The 'huggable robotic pillow-phone' has its own heartbeat and internal vibrators which match the caller's voice. The vibrations match the pitch and volume of your conversation.

Tue 1 May 12 from Daily Mail

Hugvie has a 'heartbeat', thrives on hugs

Fri 27 Apr 12 from Ubergizmo

Hugvie - the huggable communication medium with a heartbeat

]]> The Hugvie is a cushion in a minimalistic human form. It contains a pocket into which you can put your mobile phone, transforming it into a physical communication medium. The shape of this ...

Fri 27 Apr 12 from Diginfo.tv

Smartphone robo-cushion lets you love the one you're not with

Mmmmm... (Credit: Screenshot by Edward Moyer/CNET) We've found the perfect accessory for your next cell phone rave/love-in. Introducing "Hugvie," the latest creation from Japanese roboticist ...

Fri 27 Apr 12 from CNET Crave

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