I've always found modern robots uncomfortable and inhuman (as in characteristically non-living). It strikes me that the reason we don't have robots in our homes is because, emotionally, we can't relate to them. I want to dive into the features and behaviors that get people to anthropomorphize non-living things.
The primary function of this project will not be to create an individual robot with these things in mind, but instead to build a collection of information, code, studies, and designs that can be applied to a robotics platform. With that in mind, I'll still be building a specific platform to test and develop new hypothesis. I intend to explore new modes of control theory as well as human relatability.