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Pixar employee’s robot can delight kids with a game of peekaboo

Mira is the cutest robot you'll see all week.

 

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Tech

Published Jul 14, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 9:06 am CDT

Mira the robot has one job and one job only: to make you smile.

Built by Pixar employee Alonso Martinez, this simple, egg-shaped robot responds to facial expressions. Her best trick is playing peekaboo, bouncing excitedly on the table when a person’s face is hidden. Martinez’s YouTube description explains:

“This project explores human robot interactivity and emotional intelligence. Currently Mira uses face tracking to interact with the users and loves playing the game “peek-a-boo”. As her understanding of the world and people’s emotions get richer so will her ability to interact with people in a more meaningful way.”

Mira was developed with help from Aaron Nathan and Vijay Sundaram and was shown at the Bay Area Maker Faire this year. Here’s a prototype version, before the colored lights were added.

Who knew an egg could be so adorable?

Screengrab via Alonso Martinez/YouTube

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*First Published: Jul 14, 2015, 7:53 am CDT