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Daemon Robot

A therapy robot, designed to listen to you.

A therapy robot designed to listen

A therapy robot, hold its hand and talk.

Made by

Hazel Grian

Hazel Grian

Hazel is a writer currently developing a live show, which began as the VR film We Sing In Fire & Blood. With 30 yrs in the biz, mixing digital with real world, she's used a wide variety of media including robots & smell!

Working with



Tarim creates Media Playgrounds - installations which people can both play with and build new and different places to play in.
Photo of Kenton O'Hara

Kenton O'Hara

Kenton is Director of the Social Devices Experience team at Microsoft Research, and a Visiting Professor in the Bristol Interaction and Graphics Group at the University of Bristol. He is also Principal Fellow at the…

Writer/director Hazel Grian was given a pervasive Media Studio Artists Residency to create Daemon, a person’s inner-self made visible in the physical world. 

Daemon is an entity who responds to your thoughts and emotions and to your physical actions: following, protecting, contradicting, knowing you. Not just a robot, not just a pet:  Daemon is your inner self made visible in the physical world. Together you and your Daemon will go on adventures throughout the world.

Hazel will be asking these questions:

1. Does meaningful, emotionally engaging narrative need to be experienced in a fixed environment ie screen, book, stage, or can it be pervasive?

2. How well can a robot respond to an individual user’s thoughts and emotions as well as their voice and physical movements?

3. How can such a robot work in unison with its user, learning to respond and play and advise like a friend?

4. Can I bring an adventure narrative into the relationship which reflects similar ‘literary quest’ relationships like in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings and other fantasy fiction.


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