There’s a group at the MIT Media Lab testing Huggable, a blue and green bear designed to relieve pain and anxiety for children who are hospitalized for extended periods.
Watching the video, its amazing to see how well the bear moves and how cute he behaves. But you get marveled by how smart the bear is. He refers to others in the room by name, and makes clever guesses when Aurora, the patient, tells him she spies something blue (hint, it’s not him). Turns out, his behaviors and conversation are controlled by a so-called Wizard-of-Oz operator on a nearby laptop. (Now, will that be the dream job of the future? :D )
This story reminded me of this “Kids React”, where they show Teddy Ruxpin talking to kids! Watch it bellow: