OA-21 HOBBIT – The Mutual Care Robot

Prof. Dr. Markus Vincze, Vienna University of Technology (VUT)
hobbitsSubject area: Humans and Robots
What it is: The HOBBIT robot introduces a new user-centered concept called “Mutual Care”: by providing a possibility for the human to “take care” of the robot like a partner, real feelings and affections toward it will be created. This way, it is easier to accept assistance from a robot when, in certain situations, in return the human can also support the machine. The visitors will be able to interact with the robot. As potential users, they can provide an essential input to the question of how a robotic assistant could work in a home.

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