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  Robot will understand how you feel
Updated 21 December 2002, 14.52
Teenager upset
How would you like it if a robot could understand how you feel, maybe even help you if you felt a bit down?

US robot maker Nilanjan Sarkar and psychologist Craig Smith are building just such a machine.

They want it to be as sensitive to our moods and emotions as humans are themselves.

No emotions of its own

Fact File
How it's being made
Sensors are attached to people playing computer games
They check heart rates for stress and anxiety
Next they'll set boring tasks...
...and feed reactions to the robot

It won't have emotions of its own.

But it should be able to respond to its owner's mood.

So, if you're a bit down the robot will move forward and ask if it can help you.

Apparently it's not an easy job because everyone shows emotions in quite different ways.

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