Moscow’s VDNKh Gets Hugging Robot

PHOTO by VDNKh

Moscow’s Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy, better known by its acronym VDNKh, is now home to the first hugging robot. The robot looks like a giant teddy bear, standing at almost two metres tall, and visitors can embrace it at the Robostation in Hall Number Two, according to the official website of the Mayor of Moscow.

The talking robot is equipped with sensors to help it identify the “hug parameters” of every visitor. The robot checks the hugs for their strength, smoothness, vigour and duration. It then tells visitors about the results of the measurements. If it decides that the hug is not strong enough, it will ask the visitor to give a stronger hug.

If the bear proves successful, it will get additional functions. For example, it will offer to match up visitors whose hugs are similar.

The robot will be open for hugs from Feb. 14 until Mar. 14, from 11 a.m. till 8 p.m. daily. The hugs are free, although you will need to buy an entrance ticket to the Robostation.