“Heart Robot, who has been programmed to react ’emotionally’, depending on how he is treated, has brought out the bully in many of the visitors to a science event. The electronic puppet, created by scientists at the University of the West of England in Bristol, visibly relaxes in response to soothing, low sounds or a gentle touch.


Heart Robot looks like a cross between ET, Teletubbies and Gollum, and is about the size of a small child. Different children react to him very differently. They either want to hug and cuddle him, and look after him like a doll or baby, or they just want to scare him.


The Pic: Cuddle me: Designer David McGoran and his creation Heart Robot which has a breathing belly and beating heart.”




And here I’ve been calling our baby-to-be ‘the baby-android’…….


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