Timo Kaerlein's research while affiliated with Universität Paderborn and other places

Publications (4)

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Recently designers at the Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratory (ATR, Kyoto) decided to shift their focus away from highly-lifelike androids to very minimalistic appearances like that of the Telenoid, Elfoid and Hugvie models. Instead of trying to simulate the appearance and behavior of actual human beings, the decision was to sidestep the Uncanny Valley pro...
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The paper investigates a recent debate on ‘new animism’ in anthropology and related fields with regard to social robots. The conceptual potential of neo-animistic thought, especially when combined with Bruno Latour’s critique of modernity, is demonstrated and exemplified by referring to a phenomenon tentatively called Japanese techno-animism. In th...
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Mobile devices are ubiquitous and increasingly an integral part of everyday media usage. One remarkable development in the field of personal media (smartphones, tablet computers, etc.) is the trivialization of their interfaces and appearance, espe-cially when compared to the complexity of the underlying software and hardware. The iPhone and its suc...
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The paper addresses prospects of Japanese mobile telepresence robotics where small anthropomorphic devices are designed to act as intermediaries between remote interlocutors. First, an emic perspective of involved scientists and engineers is presented, focusing on example technologies being developed at the Hiroshi Ishiguro Lab in Kyoto (Japan), pa...

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... Además, este aspecto estaría intrínsecamente ligado a otras áreas, tales como el diseño de interacciones, que a su vez deriva de las funciones potenciales para las que se configura o se quiere implementar en el dispositivo, por un lado, y a los medios técnicos disponibles para desarrollar esa interfaz. Además, Kaerlein (2012), plantea una reflexión en ese punto, sobre el aspecto de las interfaces de usuario que clasifica en dos grupos fundamentales: "naturales" y "tangibles", y que aplicados al área de la robótica y estudios de factores como el ya referido de la telepresencia, sería el resultado de una conexión continua entre entornos reales y entornos generados de manera artificial, planteando, además, la relación entre medios y la noción de inmediatez en el ámbito de la comunicación y de la relación con el entorno. ...
... There lingers the technological dream of 'the Universal Automaton . . . the creation of the perfect citizen,' which could be augmented with an emphasis on 'the amount of diversity it is capable of handling' as a benchmark in the creation of truly social robots [57] (p. 86). ...
... Animals, plants, gods, and humans are in constitutive relations with each other. Shinto traditions seem to not only undermine the differences of the animate and the inanimate but also to exhibit astounding tolerance of boundary-crossing and shape-changing, argues Timo Kaerlein [4]. ...