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Great, Now the Robots Know When We're Ignoring Them

If robots are going to play well with humans, they have to master even the subtlest of interactions. Georgia Tech roboticists (the same guys who gave us a robot that touches appropriately) have developed a robot that gauges its observers' attention level, and reacts to those around it.

With a wave, the adorably humanoid Simon attempts to get the attention of a nearby researcher. Using only cameras, the robot then attempts to suss out whether the human has noticed him, or not. Researchers put his accuracy in correctly understanding the interaction at about 80-percent. Not bad for a creature we'd expect to be slightly antisocial anyway.

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