LEGO has been the world’s largest toy manufacturer for three years running. In 2015, the Danish company sold more than 72 billion bricks, according to the official LEGO Twitter feed — more than it would take to reach the moon. The renewed success of t..
Leading the way in next-generation virtual reality and motion capture technology, the Human-Interface Technology Lab (HIT Lab NZ) at the University of Canterbury (UC) has been named a founding site for the Crytek VR First initiative. UC’s HIT Lab NZ is ..
Work in the HIT Lab over the summer! We’re looking for a few graduate students to take up UC Summer Scholarships to work on projects in the lab. A UC Summer Research Scholarship provides the opportunity for a student to work on a supervised research..
Can people form emotional connections with robots? Come and find out for yourself at the University of Canterbury Human Interface Technology Lab’s (HITLab) showcase at the Big Science Day, this Saturday. ‘Humanoids’ Kant, Aristotle and Socrates will..
Research suggests little yellow minifigurines could help gauge emotions of children. Which Lego face do you most feel like? Photo / Supplied They’ve been a little yellow mainstay in play-pens for generations, but could Lego minifigures also soon hav..
Tiny robot tests conversation skills Christchurch’s Imagination Station has made use of a friendly fireman to try and ask for donations to keep the centre running. The all-singing, dancing, talking robot was designed by a Japanese Masters student Sh..
Christoph Bartneck’s interview with National Television Station in the Netherlands – “Japanese people are not as favorable toward robots as often assumed”
Our Associate Professor Christoph Bartneck recently had an interview with vpro, a national television station in Netherlands, as a part of the station’s documentary series on robot. Dr. Bartneck shared his views on humanoid and people’s reacti..