【“长在胸上的第三只手”:手臂机器人可以喂你吃饭】

【“长在胸上的第三只手”:手臂机器人可以喂你吃饭】科学家创造了一种奇怪的、连接在胸部的手臂机器人,称为“就餐机器人”(Arm-A-Dine)。这种机器人手臂连在人的胸前,可将食物从盘子里取出来。“就餐机器人”是一种新型双人游戏饮食系统的设计探索,它会根据用餐伙伴的面部表情来决定是否喂养佩戴者或其伙伴。研究人员称,目前这仍只是一个原型,旨在增强饮食的社交体验,并不是商业项目。

A gift for the truly greedy! Chest-mounted robot that acts as a third arm feeds people when they're too full to move

  • The peculiar 'Arm-A-Dine' robot arm attaches to the middle of someone's chest 
  • Robot is designed to augment the social experience of eating, researchers say
  • The arms move up and down by themselves but don't go all the way to the mouth 
  • Instead, they stop ten centimetres away 'for safety reasons', researchers say 

Scientists have created a strange chest-mounted robot that could feed the greediest of people when they're too full to move.

The peculiar 'Arm-A-Dine' robot arm attaches to the middle of someone's chest and takes food from their plate to their mouth.

The robot, which is still just a prototype, is designed to augment the social experience of eating, researchers say.

The robotic arm was created by Exertion Games Lab at RMIT University in Australia and the Indian Institute of Information Technology Design.

'Arm-A-Dine is our design exploration of a novel two-person playful eating system that focuses on a shared feeding experience', researchers told Spectrum.

'In this experience, all three arms (the person’s own two arms and the “third” arm, the robotic arm) are used for feeding oneself and the other person.'

The robotic arm is attached top the body via a vest.

'We playfully subverted the functioning of the robotic arm so that its final movements (once it has picked up the food), i.e. whether to feed the wearer or the partner, are guided by the facial expressions of the dining partner.'

The arms move up and down by themselves but don't go all the way to the mouth.

 Instead, they stop ten centimetres away 'for safety reasons', researchers say.

Scientists have created a strange chest-mounted robot that could feed people when they're too full to move. The peculiar 'Arm-A-Dine' robot arm attaches to the middle of someone's chest and takes food from their plate to their mouth

Scientists have created a strange chest-mounted robot that could feed people when they're too full to move. The peculiar 'Arm-A-Dine' robot arm attaches to the middle of someone's chest and takes food from their plate to their mouth

The robot, which is still just a prototype, is designed to augment the social experience of eating, researchers say

The robot, which is still just a prototype, is designed to augment the social experience of eating, researchers say

The robotic arm was created by Exertion Games Lab at RMIT University in Australia and the Indian Institute of Information Technology Design

They are also not totally autonomous, so people have to move to position them over their food.

The robot decides which person to give the food to depending their facial expressions.

If people smile they are more likely to be offered food and if they're frowning they don't get it.

'Mapping of the partner’s “more positive” facial expression to the feeding of food to the partner (via the wearer’s third arm) we hoped would elicit joy, laughter, and a sense of sharing based on the knowledge of feeding one another', researchers said.

The arms move up and down by themselves but don't go all the way to the mouth. Instead, they stop ten centimetres away 'for safety reasons', researchers say

The arms move up and down by themselves but don't go all the way to the mouth. Instead, they stop ten centimetres away 'for safety reasons', researchers say

The robot decides which person to give the food to depending their facial expressions. If people smile they are more likely to be offered food and if they're frowning they don't get it

The robot decides which person to give the food to depending their facial expressions. If people smile they are more likely to be offered food and if they're frowning they don't get it

'Through to-and-fro ambiguous movements of the third arm in the air (when sensing a “neutral” facial expression of the dining partner), it gave an opportunity to the diners to express their reactions more vividly'.

Researchers say that Arm-a-Dine encourages people to savour food by making the experience slower and stranger.

The robotic arm is not currently a commercial project and it is not clear if and when it could be made available.

原文:https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6421277/Chest-mounted-robot-acts-arm-feeds-people-theyre-move.html


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