Posts made in December, 2010

Dutch and Chinese Translation of the Godspeed Questionnaire Series

Posted by on Dec 21, 2010 in Documentation, Research | 0 comments

Thanks to Bram Vanderborght and his team, a Dutch and Chinese translation of the Godspeed Questionnaire Series is now available. With this measurement instrument you can assess the anthropomorphism, animacy, likeability, perceived intelligence, and perceived safety of robots. You can find a detailed description of the instrument in our article.

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Taxonomy for LEGO Minifigures

Posted by on Dec 17, 2010 in Design, Documentation | 5 comments

LEGO has produced more than 4000 different Minifigures. Their variety approaches the one of small biological systems. Similar to pre-gentic biologist, we need a taxonomy to order the Minifigures. Several online communities, such as Peeron, Bricklink, Lugnet and Bricksets have created such taxonomies, which are based on the LEGO themes of the sets in which the Minifigure appeared first. If, for example, a new LEGO sets in the theme “SpongeBob SquarePants” contains a new Minifigure, then this figure will be put in the category “SpongeBob SquarePants”.

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Building a full-sized house of LEGO

Posted by on Dec 8, 2010 in Culture, Design | 1 comment

It is possible, you can build a whole house of LEGO. Except that it is not really water proof and that you need some inside wooden skeleton for stability. But still, very impressive.

James May’s LEGO house

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EURASIAPAC Project

Posted by on Dec 6, 2010 in Project, Research | 0 comments

The HIT Lab NZ is participating in the EURASIAPAC Project, funded through the European FP7 framework. Please consider contributing to our research effort by filling in our online questionnaire. We are interested in your experiences and expectations concerning European – Asian collaboration.

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New Position at Canterbury University

Posted by on Dec 1, 2010 in Event | 0 comments

I started my new position at the Canterbury University in the HIT Lab NZ. I updated my contact details. I am looking forward to contribute to this great research institute.

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