Kismet was one of the first robots able to demonstrate social and emotional interactions with humans. It had a cartoonish face, spoke with a squeaky baby voice, and could always make people smile.
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Kismet, like you, has personal space, and it gets uncomfortable when people get too close to it.
Kismet is an expressive robot head designed by Cynthia Breazeal, then a graduate student at the MIT Media Lab. The project was an early experiment in affective computing and social robotics. Kismet could display a range of emotions: calm, angry, disgust, interest, sad, happy, surprise. The name Kismet comes from a Turkish word meaning "fate" or sometimes "luck". Kismet currently resides at the MIT Museum in Cambridge, Mass. Breazeal is a professor of media arts and sciences at MIT, where she founded and directs the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab.