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Sarah the poetic robot

In our Faces issue we introduced you to the EMYS head, a robot head designed to show emotion. Now, a team at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh has designed Sarah, a complete robot that uses the EMYS head. She is a companion robot that hangs around the computer science labs at Heriot-Watt, helping out the researchers.

But Sarah isn't all work and no play. Among her talents is poetry. Here is a video of her reading a romantic poem about spam.

Sarah the Poetic Robot: Spam Rap from Lirec on Vimeo.

You can watch and read more from this literary robotics team at Heriot-Watt. Sarah performed two more poems in video, one about the nature of science and another about Alan Turing. Ruth Aylett, a professor of computer science and one of Sarah's creators, wrote a short story called Robot that we published on the cs4fn website.