Tribbles for Troubles: The Robotic Therapy Animal
Based on inspiration from a therapy chicken, a team of designers (myself included) paired up with Professor Lana Yaroush's Product Lab at the University of Minnesota to create a personal robotic therapy pet. Designed for those who need a little comfort in stressful situations, the animal was designed to react to your touches, purring and shifting in your grips as you pet and play with it.
Responsible for the physical design of the product, my team and I designed it to move with the curves of the body. Starting off as a wiffle ball with multiple fabric covers, the prototype was a tad large and