FLASH is a research robot capable of displaying different emotional states. It's designed to explore how people respond to robotic companions that can talk, gesticulate, and make facial expressions.
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FLASH's head consists of three stacked discs and is capable of expressing a wide variety of emotions.
FLASH was a social robot project led by Jan Kędzierski at the Wroclaw University of Technology in Poland. FLASH consisted of a wheeled Segway-style body equipped with a single arm, plus an expressive head. The unique head design, called Emys (for "emotive head system"), was part of the LIREC Project, an European research program with the goal of "exploring how to design digital and interactive companions who can develop and read emotions and act cross-platform." In 2018, Kędzierski founded a company to commercialize Emys as an educational robot.