Rice University student dresses up as convincing robot…for science

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Published 3:27 pm, Friday, April 14, 2017

Hollywood has long taught movie goers there’s no point in space travel without a trusty robot by your side.

NASA thinks so too, enough to commission Rice University students to build a convincing robot costume in order to gather data on human-robot interactions. 

The space agency already has a human-like robot working alongside astronauts aboard the International Space Station, so it’s not far-fetched to think that the future will hold joint human-robot missions.

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To better prepare and understand that future, the group of Rice freshman called team “NotBot” took their imitation robot to interact with visitors at an an event showcasing different engineering projects from Rice University.

“NASA’s idea is for this to let them do behavioral testing of the person interacting with the robot,” Rebecca Francis, a NotBot team member said in a news release.

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The team built their robot costume out of a modified motorcycle helmet, shoulder pads, and other custom-made pieces made out of wood, cardboard and fiberglass.

Of course, since NASA’s currently employed robots don’t talk, neither does NotBot. 

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