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The 'Shelly' Robot Teaches Kids to Be Gentle with a Robot Companion

 - Mar 16, 2018
As young children learn to express themselves, behaviors that involve hitting and physically hurting others can be addressed and corrected to set healthy boundaries for interacting with others—'Shelly' is a robot companion aims to teach kids similar appropriate ways to engage with technology.

As robotic companions and toys have the potential to become commonplace in both classrooms and households of the future, Shelly serves as a turtle-shaped robot that teaches kids to interact respectfully with them. The project from South Korea’s Naver Labs and Seoul National University has Shelly give emotional feedback from a child's responses by providing a "happy" response for a gentle, positive touch and retreating to its shell if mistreated, appearing "frightened."