Kim’s findings suggested that dynamic energy (arousal), intrinsic attractiveness (valence), and visual disposition (stance) act as signs for emotional analysis. The researcher used this information to create Post-Plant’s physical responsive system. For example, Post-Plant spins its propeller-like leaves in response to the touch of shivers, which indicates unhappiness. The goal of the project is to cultivate emotional relationships between humans and robots through non-humanoid kinetic gestures.
Image Credit: Yanko Design / Keunwook Kim