Flippo The Robo-Shoe-Fly: A Foot Dwelling Social Wearable Companion

A UC Santa Cruz researcher has designed an on-body robot companion, Flippo, that attaches to shoes. Flippo is a robot ecosystem designed to encourage wearers to engage in co-located social interaction. The robots have synergistic needs for connection t…

A UC Santa Cruz researcher has designed an on-body robot companion, Flippo, that attaches to shoes. Flippo is a robot ecosystem designed to encourage wearers to engage in co-located social interaction. The robots have synergistic needs for connection that require users to engage in social interaction. Social interaction results in reactions from the robot, e.g. light and/or haptic responses.

Abstract

Social interactions in school and office settings traditionally involve few coordinated physical interactions, and most group engagement centers on sharing electronic screens. Wearable robot companions are a promising new direction for encouraging coordinated physical movement and social interaction in group settings. A UC Santa Cruz researcher has developed a wearable social companion that encourages users to interact via physical movement.

Website

https://techtransfer.universityofcalifornia.edu/NCD/32826.html?utm_source=AUTMGTP&utm_medium=webpage&utm_term=ncdid_32826&utm_campaign=TechWebsites

Advantages

  • Encourages real-world social interactions
  • Requires physical movement
  • Fosters non-traditional group interactions¬†

Potential Applications

  • Team building in group settings: schools, offices, etc.¬†

Contact Information

Name: Jeff Jackson

Email: jjackso6@ucsc.edu

Phone: (831) 459-3976