It's hard to imagine that this spherical robot weighing less than a kilo aims to anticipate disorders such as depression, but also bipolarity, or even anxiety.

Thanks to its camera, Emobot takes into account facial expressions and the dynamism of movements.

The robot also uses voice to compile all the information in the form of an emotion map.

Co-created in early 2022 by central students, Emobot recently joined iPeps, the incubator of the brain institute, at Pitié-Salpêtrière.

The innovation is closely followed by several health establishments such as the AP-HP (Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris), the University Hospital of Rennes or even that of Bordeaux.

When they do not seek to understand our emotions, more and more technologies seek to simulate them.

Thus the Messmer robot developed by the British manufacturer Engineered Arts, with confusing, even disturbing realism.

This is also the case of the conversational robot LAmDA, a competitor of the ChatGPT software.

Developed by Google Laboratories, LAmDA has the capacity, researcher Blake Lemoine estimated last year, to be particularly demonstrative.

From there to mislead us?

Verdict in the coming months when it should be accessible to the general public.

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