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Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto Discusses Robot AVatar thermal-Enhanced (RAVE) Learning Tool Prototype in WIRED Magazine

On December 5, 2017, WIRED magazine featured Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto (Principal Investigator, grants from the W.M. Keck Foundation and NSF INSPIRE, IIS-1547178) discussing the RAVE Learning Tool Prototype. 

Written Story: https://www.wired.com/story/the-wide-eyed-robot/

Video Story: https://www.wired.com/video/2017/12/the-adorable-robot-that-s-helping-deaf-children-communicate/.

About RAVE Project Learning Tool Prototype   
Created and led by Petitto, the RAVE prototype functions as an integrated system featuring a robot, virtual human, and advanced technology to detect babies’ emotional and cognitive engagement, called thermal infrared imaging, with eye-tracking. Placed near an infant’s crib, RAVE senses when a baby (be it deaf or hearing, who cannot yet produce language) is in a heightened emotional and attentional state, and, thus, most “ready to learn”. If so, RAVE’s thermal system then triggers the robot and virtual human to start a variety of social interactions with the baby, and especially triggers the virtual human when to begin, and when to stop, language conversations with the baby in American Sign Language.

Learn more about the RAVE Revolutionary Learning Tool Prototype at http://petitto.net/whats-new/rave/

About WIRED

Wired is a monthly American magazine, published in print and online editions that focuses on how emerging technologies affect culture, the economy, and politics. WIRED has a circulation of more than 852,000. Learn more at https://www.wired.com/.

Posted by Kennesha Baldwin | Posted December 6, 2017 at 3:47 PM

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