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January 2014: Care-O-bot®3 - Product Vision of a Robotic Home Assistant

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

January 2014: Care-O-bot®3 - Product Vision of a Robotic Home Assistant

The idea of having a service robot to carry out unpleasant and tedious tasks around the home is an enticing prospect for most people. Especially the elderly or handicapped individuals stand to benefit from such an advanced domestic helper, as this robot can enable them to lead independent lives for a longer period of time within their own four walls.

Care-O-bot® was designed and implemented by the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in Stuttgart, Germany to actively assist humans in their day-to-day lives. Now in its third generation, this successful development series features a product-oriented system design and is the first to offer the potential for the real-world application of manipulating mobile service robots in everyday environments. As a vision of a future household assistant, Care-O-bot® 3 is able to independently execute fetch and carry tasks, support communication, and provide assistance in emergencies.

Care-O-bot® 3 is equipped with the latest state of the art industrial hardware components. It offers modern multi-media and interaction equipment as well as the most advanced sensors and controls. It is able to navigate among humans, detect and grasp objects, and pass them safely to human users using its tray.

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