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HOBBIT

Project reference: 288146
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HOBBIT - The Mutual Care Robot

From 2011-11-01 to 2015-08-31, closed project

Project details

Total cost:

EUR 3 824 573

EU contribution:

EUR 2 830 000

Coordinated in:

Austria

Call for proposal:

FP7-ICT-2011-7See other projects for this call

Funding scheme:

CP - Collaborative project (generic)
World players in home care robotics tend to focus on pragmatic single function systems (USA) or humanoid robots (Japan, Korea). HOBBIT zooms in on the interaction between robot and owner/user with a new, more user-centred concept called “Mutual Care". It allows and entices people to "take care" of the robot like a partner, so they can develop real feelings and affections toward it. For people it is easier to accept assistance from a robot when they themselves can also assist the machine. In close cooperation with institutional caregivers, acceptance and usability of the robots will be measured and improved.

Objective

Ageing has been prioritised as a key demographic element affecting the population development within the EU member states. Experts and users agree that Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) and Social and Service Robots (SSR) have the potential to become key components in coping with Europe's demographic changes in the coming years. From all past experiences with service robots, it is evident that acceptance, usability and affordability will be the prime factors for any successful introduction of such technology into the homes of older people.<br/>While world players in home care robotics tend to follow a pragmatic approach such as single function systems (USA) or humanoid robots (Japan, Korea), we introduce a new, more user-centred concept called "Mutual Care". The intention is to create a possibility for the Human to "take care" of the robot like a pet. It is easier to accept assistance from a robot when in certain situations the Human can also assist the machine. In turn, older users will more readily accept the help of the HOBBIT robot. Close cooperation with institutional caregivers will enable the consortium to continuously improve acceptance and usability.<br/>In contrast to current approaches, "HOBBIT, the mutual care robot", will offer practical and tangible benefits for the user with a target price tag considerably below present solutions. Through an interface designed specifically for elderly users, HOBBIT will be able to follow a user and guide a user through the home, assist with getting up and offer alert functions, it will be able to learn user-defined objects and be able to retrieve them. Connection to other AAL equipment is foreseen. With this, HOBBIT will offer the benefit to remain longer in the private home environment, which will justify the expenses. We will insure that the concept of HOBBIT seeds a new robotic industry segment for "ageing well" in the European Union.

Related information

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria

EU contribution: EUR 1 263 610


Gusshausstr. 27/376
1040 Wien
Austria
Administrative contact: Markus Vincze
Tel.: +43158801376611
Fax: +4315880137697
E-mail

Participants

AKADEMIE FUR ALTERSFORSCHUNG AM HAUS DER BARMHERZIGKEIT
Austria

EU contribution: EUR 307 266


SEEBOCKGASSE 30 A 28
1160 WIEN
Austria
Administrative contact: Christoph Gisinger
Tel.: +43 1 40199 1110
E-mail
HELLA AUTOMATION GMBH
Austria

EU contribution: EUR 241 308


ABFALTERSBACH 125
9913 ABFALTERSBACH
Austria
Administrative contact: Helmut Senfter
Tel.: +43 4846 65 55 8280
Fax: +43 4846 65 55 8279
E-mail
OTTO BOCK MOBILITY SOLUTIONS GMBH
Participation ended
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 44 800


LINDENSTRASSE 13
07426 KONIGSEE
Germany
Administrative contact: Thomas Brendel
Tel.: +49 36738 79 914
E-mail
METRALABS GMBH NEUE TECHNOLOGIEN UND SYSTEME
Germany

EU contribution: EUR 127 200


AM VOGELHERD 22
98693 ILMENAU
Germany
Administrative contact: Andreas Bley
Tel.: +49367766743111
E-mail
FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS
Greece

EU contribution: EUR 450 945


N PLASTIRA STR 100
70013 HERAKLION
Greece
Administrative contact: Zinovia Papatheodorou
Tel.: +30 2810 391522
Fax: +30 2810 391555
E-mail
LUNDS UNIVERSITET
Sweden

EU contribution: EUR 394 871


Paradisgatan 5c
22100 LUND
Sweden
Administrative contact: Håkan Eftring
Tel.: +46 46 2224096
Fax: +46 46 2224431
E-mail

Subjects

Life Sciences
Record Number: 101982 / Last updated on: 2016-04-05