This interactive animatronic robot introduces visitors to the concepts of robotic sensing, thinking, and acting, and is the first robot visitors encounter in roboworld®. In addition to introducing these themes through pre-programmed actions, visitors are able to control and interact with the robot via an attached touch screen kiosk.
Carnegie Science Center selected the name Andy for the robot after more than 3,000 Pittsburghers and robot fanatics around the world voted in an online poll. Andy is a modified RoboThespian™, designed and built by Engineered Arts Limited of Cornwall, England.
Andy is an example of a socially interactive robot. The best of these robots have complex and engaging personalities, designed for easy and enjoyable communication. This is made possible through high quality speech and visual recognition, a realistic, developing personality, and rich, friendly dialogue and appearance. Another goal is to enable them to mimic normal human behavior. Humans have all sorts of conventions that make interaction easier, including how to pass each other in hallways, how to go through doors and in and out of elevators, and how to enter and wait in line. Andy engages us by mimicking our bodily expressions and movements.
The goal of the Social Robots Project is to overcome the human-robot social barrier. Their goal is to design robots that behave more like people, so that people do not have to behave like robots when they interact with them.