Conference 5–9 August 2012
Exhibition 7–9 August 2012
Los Angeles Convention Center

Stuffed Toys Alive! Cuddly Robots From a Fantasy World

Los Angeles Convention Center, Concourse Foyer

Humans of all ages love stuffed toys. We love their cuteness and softness, and many of us play with and talk with them and listen to their complaints. We like to imagine that they are interactive creatures. Many stories and movies feature stuffed toys as living characters. But, of course, they are really just dolls. They are not able to move and react and share our emotions.

This project proposes a mechanism for stuffed-toy robots (“cuddly robots”) that provide the soft feel of stuffed toys. The soft feel is realized by three innovations:

• A driving mechanism that retains the essence of stuffed toys.

• Driving strings that generate a soft mechanism.

• A force sensor.

These cuddly robots suggest a new medium that can entertain us and give us a sense of merging real life with fantasy worlds. In the future, stuffed toys from our fantasy worlds will live with us and enchant us.

Youhei Yamashita
Tokyo Institute of Technology

Tatsuya Ishikawa
University of Electro-Communications

Hironori Mitake
Tokyo Institute of Technology

Ikumi Susa
Tokyo Institute of Technology

Fumihiro Kato
Tokyo Institute of Technology

Yutaka Takase
Tokyo Institute of Technology

Wataru Seshimo
Tokyo Institute of Technology

Yukinobu Takehana
Tokyo Institute of Technology

Satoru Onohara
Tokyo Institute of Technology

Takahiro Harano
Tokyo Institute of Technology

Shoichi Hasegawa
Tokyo Institute of Technology

Makoto Sato
Tokyo Institute of Technology