Why do we play with friends? Because friends reacts to our score, encourage us or even discourage us. The point is we play with friends because it is more fun to play rather than being alone. Well Sony has a solution to your problem if you are alone and want a companion.
Sony’s new Robot
Sony has recently filled a patent for making robot that act as a companion. They think that it’s a great solution for alone or solo gamers.
Sony’s new Robot has feelings means it can act according to the situation. For example, If you die the robot will be sad. Because of it’s feelings it makes a great companion.
How the robot works?
Robot has sensors attached to it and users also have few sensors attached to themselves in order to make robot work accurately and precisely.
Robot has a camera for detecting user’s facial gesture, hand gesture etc and acts accordingly. For example, if user scores a goal then user’s facial expression gesture will be happy therefore robot will also be happy. Robot has microphone for picking up user’s voice. Now again if user scores goal, the user may speak something joyful and the robot will pick that up and will also be happy. Robot also has speaker so it can express it’s feelings by talking.
Users have biological sensor attached. It monitors heart beat and sweating and sends data to the robot. For example, if you are closed to be killed then your heart beat will go up naturally and sweating can also increase, so using this data robot can act accordingly. User also has motion sensor attached. It detects user’s movements and sends data to robot. Now using motion sensor, the robot can detect that whether you are celebrating or not.
The robot should be autonomous to be able to sit besides you by itself, if not the user needs to carry it and place it near him/her. So it has working legs, arms and neck for expressing feelings and also for moving purpose. The motor is used for movement of these parts.
Now to make the robot feel real. Sony has a brilliant idea of adding popularity rating.
What it does?
So the main idea of popularity rating is that if popularity rating is positive, the robot will motivate you, appraise you etc but if popularity rating is negative then the robot can speak against you. So in short, the robot can be with you or against you based on the popularity rating. Popularity Rating is evaluated based on what you speak to the robot. For example, if you speak rudely or make it sad then the popularity rating goes down but if you speak nicely to it then the popularity rating goes up. Fascinating idea, isn’t it? Let me know in the comments down below.
What other things robot can do?
Well the robot can also play games with you. Now this is their idea, it will be implemented or not, we have to wait and see.
Alongwith games, the robot can also be your companion while watching movies. The robot will work as long as the image, or object, or model is virtually created by computer.
Although, robot has it’s own memory, it understands user’s feelings by sending the data to it’s server.
One thing i forgot to tell is that it also uses HMD device. This looks just like PS VR. Although it is used to help user in getting joint-view experience.
It is a great piece of tech if you feel alone while playing games. As the age of online games is growing, I have no clue whether this will be nice tech or not but as long as it can be used in online games, some might actually use because not all online games has chat or voice chat feature.