Conference Paper

Zuckerman, O., & Hoffman, G. (2015)

Empathy Objects: Robotic Devices as Conversation Companions

Extended Abstracts of the 9th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction


We present the notion of Empathy Objects, ambient robotic devices accompanying human-human interaction. Empathy Objects respond to human behavior using physical gestures as nonverbal expressions of their “emotional states”. The goal is to increase people’s self-awareness to the emotional state of others, leading to behavior change. We demonstrate an Empathy Object prototype, Kip1, a conversation companion designed to promote non-aggressive conversation between people.

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