- Since 2003, Keepon Pro has been used as a tool for researchers, therapists, pediatricians, and parents to observe, study, and facilitate social development and behaviors (e.g. eye contact, joint attention, touching, caregiving, and imitation) in playrooms and labs around the world. For more information, see:
- H. Kozima, C. Nakagawa. Interactive robots as facilitators of children’s social development. Mobile Robots: Toward New Applications, pp. 269-286, 2006.
- H. Kozima, C. Nakagawa, Y. Yasuda. Children-robot interaction: a pilot study in autism therapy. Progress in Brain Research, Vol. 164, pp. 385-400, 2007.
- H. Kozima, M.P. Michalowski, C. Nakagawa. Keepon: A Playful Robot for Research, Therapy, and Entertainment. International Journal of Social Robotics, Vol. 1, 2008.
- Human social behavior shares much in common with dance. Our speech, as well as the movement of our body, head, and hands, is periodic and rhythmic. Social scientists such as William S. Condon and Adam Kendon have identified interactional synchrony as a phenomenon that plays an important role in the regulation and coordination of movements, vocalizations, and other social cues. We have been developing technology (using Cycling '74's Max/MSP) to allow robots like Keepon to synchronize with these social rhythms in their interactions.
This research into dance has resulted in Keepon Pro starring in a number of popular music videos, such as Spoon's "Don't You Evah," above.