Blossom is a Family-Friendly Robot That Looks Like a Child's Toy

 - Aug 30, 2017
References: spectrum.ieee.org & theverge
Most home robots feature hard, mechanical exteriors, making interaction with children a little confusing or intimidating, so to make kids feel more comfortable, 'Blossom' has been introduced as a family-friendly robot.

Covered in knitted wool and complete with big floppy ears, Blossom looks like any other stuffed toy. Made in collaboration between researchers at Cornell University and Google Zoo's creative technology team, this handcrafted bot rejects the traditional inclusion of shiny screens and rough exteriors that characterize most autonomous household devices.

Blossom, the social robot hopes to change the dynamic between families and bots, adding more personality and ultimately helping children accept the machines as a positive addition to a household, instead of a confusing and scary piece of technology.