Ever wondered what it would be like to play peek-a-boo with a robot? Neither did we but it has happened! Straight from the offices of Pixar Animated, the world’s best guys at making things cute, meet Mira.
Created by Alonso Martinez, a technical director at Pixar, Mira is a unique egg-shaped robot that can play peek-a-boo with humans. Sounds far-fetched? We thought so too, but a video from Martinez on his YouTube channel shows the little darling at work.
Loaded with facial-recognition software it sports two eyes and a bottom that can also changes color depending on its mood. When the person hides from Mira, the robot changes to a blueish purple hue but when the person reappears it expresses joy while wiggling itself and changing colors yet again.
An interesting experiment on human-to-robot interactions using emotions, there is no word yet on whether this unique little robot will be available for the consumer market.