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Robotic Turtle Teaches Kids to Keep Their Hands to Themselves

Mar 19, 2018

Researchers from Naver Labs, KAIST, and Seoul National University in South Korea developed Shelly, a turtle-like cyborg designed to teach wee ones not to abuse robots. The tortoise-shaped toy is fun to play with, lighting up and dancing—until someone presses too hard or whacks it. Sensing danger, the bot’s head, arms, and legs retreat into its shell, hiding until it feels safe to come out again. The aim, according to IEEE Spectrum, is to educate children to restrain abusing behavior.