Fable: Socially Interactive Modular Robot

Arnþór Magnússon, Moises Pacheco, Mikael Moghadam, Henrik Hautop Lund, David Johan Christensen

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Modular robots have a significant potential as user-reconfigurable robotic playware, but often lack sufficient sensing for social interaction. We address this issue with the Fable modular robotic system by exploring the use of smart sensor modules that has a better ability to sense the behavior of the user. In this paper we describe the development of a smart sensor module which includes a 3D depth camera, and a server-side software architecture featuring user tracking, posture detection and a near-real-time facial recognition. Further, we describe how the Fable system with the smart sensor module has been tested in educational and playful contexts and present experiments to document its functional performance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 18th International Symposium on Artificial Life and Robotics
Number of pages8
Publication date2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event18th International Symposium on Artificial Life and Robotics 2013 - Daejeon Convention Center, Daejeon, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 30 Jan 20131 Feb 2013
Conference number: 18


Conference18th International Symposium on Artificial Life and Robotics 2013
LocationDaejeon Convention Center
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of


  • Human-robot interaction
  • Modular robots
  • Playware
  • Vision


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