These Robotic Objects Are Designed to Be Stabbed and Beaten to Help You Feel Better

IEEE Spectrum

Cathartic objects help users physically express strong emotional states

At a human-computer interaction conference this week in Glasgow, U.K., Carnegie Mellon University researcher Michal Luria is presenting a paper on “Challenges of Designing HCI for Negative Emotions.” The discussion includes a case study involving what Luria calls “cathartic objects”: robotic contraptions that you can beat, stab, smash, and swear at to help yourself feel better.

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