Cynthia Breazeal is currently the director of the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Laboratory, and is also an Associate Professor at MIT.
Check out what she is all about in this overview from the MIT Media Lab.
Breazeal is a pioneer of social robotics and human robot interaction. Her recent work investigates the impact of social robots on helping people of all ages to achieve personal goals that contribute to quality of life in domains such as education, health, wellbeing, and emotive connection and engagement despite distance.
Her work balances technical innovation and design with understanding the human psychology of engaging with social robots to maximize beneficial outcomes. Her 2002 book Designing Sociable Robots is about Kismet, an expressive humanoid robot. She has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles, and is an award-winning innovator, designer, and entrepreneur. Breazeal did her graduate work at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab, and received her doctorate in 2000 in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.
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Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.
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