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Mission Statement

9. Dezember 2011

Robotics is not progressing as expected and is not entering in our households as quickly as some would have planned. Moreover most of the scenarios shown in research seem not realistic: humanoid robots in the kitchen or large devices moving around and acting with arms in a environment made for humans are not realistic both in term of acceptance by the users and because of the complexity of the tasks in respect to the existing technology and its cost. On the other side robotic technologies are entering in our daily life in a pervasive way: cars parking themselves, vacuum cleaners, automatic metros etc. How would it be if we extrapolate this trend bringing robotics in many everyday objects? How would our houses look in 20 years if this trend is confirmed? And how could we make robots compatible with other requirements of our society, such as ecology and social responsibility?

Therefore we started imagining how would it be to bring robotics in a very sensitive part of the house: the children room. The goal here is to design the robots with a human-centered approach, in opposition to technologically-centered research, as often applied in this field. Acceptance is here a key issue. The first idea is to help tiding-up the room...