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An autonomous, self-driven robot system to improve the mobility and integration of people, creating a more equal and accessible society

Project description

Smart shopping for persons with disabilities

People with disabilities are the world’s largest minority. In the EU, up to 80 million people experience some form of disability or long-lasting health problems. Even though they are an important part of society, they still face obstacles in various aspects of their daily life. Shopping is one of them. The existing assistive technologies (from wheelchairs to hearing/visual aids) offer ways to mitigate the resulting social inequalities, but shopping creates specific complex obstacles. The EU-funded WiiGO project will fill this gap with the first autonomous, self-driven, robotic device, helping disabled persons with their purchases. It uses the latest technologies, including image recognition software, machine learning and artificial intelligence, to analyse the user’s lifestyle and perform personal preferences.


Smart and inclusive mobility is important in many societal contexts. People with reduced mobility are proven to be one of the most neglected groups in society. They experience accessibility problems and difficulties in performing routine tasks on a daily basis. For example, what may be a simple activity to many, such as shopping, can become very complex and time consuming.
The WiiGO is an autonomous and self-driven device that follows a specific user or can be programmed to move independently. The robotic system uses the latest technology in image recognition, machine learning and artificial intelligence so that it can track users while identifying and avoiding any obstacle in its way. By functioning as an autonomous shopping cart, the developed solution supports users with reduced mobility, reducing their reliance on other people to help them with day-to-day activities. Given its autonomy and its capacity to guide and record information, the WiiGO is a flexible system that can lend itself to many applications.
Within the overall project, Follow Inspiration intend to optimise the functional design, conduct pilot tests, demonstrating the WiiGO in different retail environments, and fully establish the commercialisation strategy.

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Net EU contribution
€ 50 000,00
Mercado abastecedor da cova da beira zona industrial do fundao lote 154
6230 483 Fundao

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Continente Centro (PT) Beiras e Serra da Estrela
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 21 429,00