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CuddleBit

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During the summer of 2015, I was hired to help redesign a one degree of freedom (1-DF) zoomorphic social robot. The goal of the project was to (re)create a believable and enticing breathing motion modelled after a multi-DF robot called the CuddleBot, itself a relative of the Haptic Creature. We were (and still are) in the early stages of design where we want to explore as many form factors as possible, the robots needed to be small, cheap, and easy to iterate on. As such, I developed two design systems through an iterative lo-fi process: the rigid RibBit(s) and the furry FlexiBit(s). Both systems have produced robots that have been used in perception studies through the SPIN Lab.