AI News, Care-O-bot 4 Is the Robot Servant We All Want but Probably Can't Afford
Care-O-bot 4 Is the Robot Servant We All Want but Probably Can't Afford
Mobile manipulators are the robots we want, because they’re the robots that have the most potential to do the things that we care about: working in our homes and businesses, making things better and faster and easier.
From the release: Andreas Haug, co-Founder and Managing Director of Phoenix Design, adds: “Care-Obot4 is a successful symbiosis of design and engineering, as well as functionality and emotion, which quickly encourages user interaction.” Its streamlined design, with two arms attached at the side and a type of head, mean that the robot is reminiscent of a human being.
It is just the robot’s “internal values” which are human: it always maintains a respectful distance, shows what it has understood and what it intends to do, while also being able to make simple gestures and reflect emotions.
Fraunhofer says that in contrast to the previous generations of Care-O-bots, which were primarily technology development platforms, Care-O-bot 4 is “providing the basis for commercial service robot solutions.” They’re still targeting developers, but with more of an eye towards commercial service applications, as opposed to lab-bound technology demos.
There’s no price information available, butwe know that robots like that are expensive, especially the ones with enough sensors to work safely and reliably in environments infested with unpredictable humans, and especially especially the mobile ones that have manipulators so that they can, you know, do stuff.
The friendly and likable service robot Care-O-bot 4 was developed and designed in close cooperation between the Fraunhofer institute (IPA Robot Systems) and Phoenix Design, and it also made the jury of the Red Dot Award 2015 enthusiastic.
The panel of jurors gave the following for selecting the service robot: “The Care-O-bot 4 is an expression of a new understanding of how a robot can interact with its environment.
Designed with softly rounded corners and smooth proportions, this robot is fascinating in its compliant friendliness.” In designing and developing this archetypal service robot, Phoenix Design, thanks to the Fraunhofer Institute Stuttgart, is for the first time part of a development community of research institutions and universities around the globe.
The predecessor model Care-O-bot 3 worked together with ten research institutions and universties around the globe, and Care-O-bot 4 is also set on continuous learning.
“Among other things, Phoenix Design faced the challenge to give the robot a shape which gets people in the mood to enter into a dialogue, and which thanks to its timeless design will be a natural part of a modern working environment”, says Ralf Kittmann, leading designer in this Phoenix Design project.
The deployment was intended to relieve the care personnel of standard chores, thus opening a larger time window for the human and personal care of patients.
It is a matter of course that your can also enter into a dialogue by means of words or hand movements – cameras and microphones allow for recognising speech, persons and gestures.
The fourth generation of Care-O-bots is not only more agile, more versatile and more charming – it is a matter of course that your can also enter into a dialogue by means of words or hand movements – cameras and microphones allow for recognising speech, persons and gestures.
It is always our goal to create situations where users can experience the indentity of the brand or the product, like in the case of Care-O-bot 4, in way that truly touches them.” How do you define quality / design quality?
“Function, emotion, benefit – generally speaking: a good product is a product that answers a need and is able to fulfil the needs of people over a long period of time.
Generally speaking, you can say: a good and successful product is reliable, offers long-term use, is ergonomic, high-quality, innovative, and it makes people enthusiastic right away.” Where do you see the big challenges in your industry?
- On Tuesday, March 26, 2019
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