Navigation Links
Future 'Smart' Objects Could Chat While They Help
Date:5/2/2013

THURSDAY, May 2 (HealthDay News) -- Talking tissue boxes and refrigerators may be among the types of "smart" objects that people use in the future, researchers report.

"Smart objects will become more and more a part of our daily lives," S. Shyam Sundar, a professor of communications and co-director of the Media Effects Research Laboratory at Pennsylvania State University, said in a school news release. "We believe the next phase is that objects will start talking and interacting with humans, and our goal is to figure out the best ways for objects to communicate with humans."

As computers and sensors become increasingly smaller and less expensive, smart objects that interact with people will become more common in homes and offices, the researchers said. For instance, smart fridges could talk or send tweets when certain food items are running low or are nearing their expiration dates.

In order to assess how people react to smart objects that talk, the research team observed people when they encountered a tissue box that said, "Bless you," when a person sneezed and followed that up by saying, "Here, take a tissue," and, "Take care."

The tissue box didn't actually speak. The statements were pre-recorded and broadcast to the tissue box by a researcher.

Study participants seemed to have a positive reaction to the talking tissue box, which suggests that people would be accepting of such smart objects, the researchers said.

The findings may also help manufacturers design smart objects. The researchers noted that robots often are made to look human, but many people find such robots creepy.

"This study shows that speech is a social cue," Sundar said. "It may be enough to make the objects more social and not necessarily more human-like in appearance."

The study was presented Wednesday at the annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Paris. Data and conclusions presented at meetings should be considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

More information

Visit the U.S. National Science Foundation to learn about robotics and health.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Penn State, news release, May 1, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Living in Stroke Belt as Teen May Raise Future Risk
2. Older Adults Posture May Predict Future Disability
3. Financial Press: Miraculins Leads Future of Global Health Tech Innovation
4. Radiation Therapy May Raise Future Death Risk From Heart Surgery
5. The Haircolor of the Future is in a Orlando Hair Salon
6. The future of personalized and targeted cancer therapy
7. Early Thinking Problems May Signal Future Dementia in Parkinsons Patients
8. Researchers decode biology of blood and iron disorders mapping out novel future therapies
9. Pathologists identify patterns of mutations to help inform design of future trials
10. Quadriga Art Offers New Whitepaper: "The Past is the Past: Propel Your Marketing Strategy into the Future"
11. Vitamin D Levels in Pregnancy May Not Affect Kids Future Bone Health
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Future 'Smart' Objects Could Chat While They Help
(Date:3/29/2017)... Yorba Linda, Ca (PRWEB) , ... March 29, ... ... a standard process in many scientific laboratories. The assembly protocols involve many repetitive ... is well suited for automation, which enables the high-throughput needed, and results in ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... ... March 29, 2017 , ... The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania ... have made a $10 million gift to establish the Ken Moelis and Julie ... pathway to a Wharton MBA for highly-qualified Penn undergraduates whose academic and career interests ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... March 28, 2017 , ... For many women, getting birth control isn’t as easy as ... they either don’t have access to a health care facility or a pharmacy within 60 ... of the United States or for many who are faced with health or personal issues ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... ... The Thyroid Secret is a specialized 9-part documentary series ... recently launched on March 1, and Dr. Wentz discussed varied benefits and aspects ... Wentz is a licensed pharmacist and a foremost thyroid specialist. After being diagnosed ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... March 28, 2017 , ... Via Oncology, the leading provider ... a free, public-facing tool for analyzing the costs of various drug regimens in ... information to patients, providers, insurers and pharmaceutical companies about the estimated costs of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/29/2017)... , USA, March 29, 2017 Stryker announced ... Cares by People magazine, in partnership with Great Place ... companies on the list. This list highlights the top ... succeeded in business while also demonstrating respect, compassion and ... To determine the companies on the ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... 29, 2017 On March 28, the U.S. Food and ... with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) and primary ... approved by the FDA for PPMS. Ocrevus is an ... "Multiple sclerosis can have a profound impact ... M.D., director of the Division of Neurology Products in ...
(Date:3/29/2017)... March 29, 2017 FinancialBuzz.com News Commentary  ... Data published in a research report by ... reach a value of USD 55.8 billion by 2025. The projection takes ... States and a more open approach towards cannabis products around ... Florida , North Dakota , ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: