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Care-o-bot 3 - rationale for human-robot interaction design

: Parlitz, Christopher; Hägele, Martin; Klein, Peter; Seifert, Jan; Dautenhahn, Kerstin

International Federation of Robotics; Robot Research Initiative CNU; Pohang Institute of Intelligent Robotics; Institute of Control, Robotics and Systems -ICROS-:
ISR 2008, 39th International Symposium on Robotics : 15.-17. Oct. 2008, Seoul, Korea
Seoul, Korea, 2008
International Symposium on Robotics (ISR) <39, 2008, Seoul>
Fraunhofer IPA ()
Serviceroboter; Care-O-Bot; Haushaltsroboter; Mensch-Maschine-Kommunikation; Mensch-Maschine-Interaktion; Human-Machine-Interaction; COGNIRON; DESIRe; Roboter; Mensch Maschine System

This paper presents the design rationale for a new service robot, Care-O-bot 3 that is meant to operate as a companion robot in people's homes. Note, the emphasis in the paper is on the design of a companion robot as a product, not as a research prototype. The design is motivated from a multi-disciplinary viewpoint and compared to other approaches in the field which often focus on a humanoid appearance. In this paper we put forward an abstract design with iconic features. We argue that such a more "technomorphic" design may be appealing to a potentially large user group. Potential target user groups of the robot are identified. The realization of such a design, including details on the robots mobile base and torso, manipulator, sensors, and remote interfaces are presented in the paper.