The robot house is suitable for a wide range of research endeavours including user studies in the context of an individual PhD as well as large-scale european projects. Additionally, it can serve as a first contact point for the general public to get involved in robotics research. The following report from the UK Robotics Week (2016) gives you an impression how a research related event in the robot house that involves students can look like.
The house itself
The ground floor of the robot house looks just like a normal british house with spacious living and bath rooms, a small kitchen and a single bedroom. There is also an office that contains computation hardware and other supplies as well as a beautiful conservatory.
The robot inhabitants
Care-o-bot is a multi-purpose mobile assistant robot that actively supports humans in domestic environments. In the robot house, we support its newest version as well as the well established third generation.
Care-O-bot 4 consists of 6 independent and configurable plug & play modules. The modular design allows the robot to be equipped with up to two arms to suit it's application. Up to 31 degrees of freedom with two spherical joints provide an exceptional workspace that is completely covered by sensors. The spherical joints allow for roll-pitch-yaw movements of torso and head and such empower the robot to perform a wide range of body gestures.
Care-O-bot 3 has an omnidirectional platform with four steered and driven wheels. These kinematics allow the robot to move flexibly in any desired direction and thus also to safely negotiate narrow passages. Care-O-bot 3 is also capable of autonomously calculating and following the optimum, collision-free path to a given destination. Dynamic obstacles, such as humans, are sensed and automatically avoided.
It is also equipped with a highly flexible lightweight arm with seven degrees of freedom as well as with a three-finger hand. This allows the robot to grasp and operate a wide range of everyday objects. Using tactile sensors in its fingers, Care-O-bot 3 is able to accurately adjust the grasping force it applies. By synchronizing its arm and platform movements, Care-Obot 3 is also capable of autonomously opening any door blocking the path to its destination.
Fetch Research Platform
The Fetch mobile manipulator is designed to be the affordable standard platform for the next generation of mobile manipulator applications.
The fetch research platform features a 3D RGB depth sensor for visualising the environment. Has a 7 DOF back-drivable arm with interchangable fingertips, which can be swapped to suit application needs.
Pepper is an autonomous talking humanoid robot who perceives emotions, and adapts his behavior to the mood of the humans around him.
Pepper is the first humanoid robot capable of recognising the principal human emotions and adapting his behaviour to the mood of his interlocutor. Pepper can recognise your face, speak, hear you and move around autonomously. The robot can be personalised by downloading various software applications.
The Pioneer Manipulator is an all-purpose mobile robot development system, ideal for research and applications.
The Pioneer Manipulator is a rugged, reliable, sophisticated robot that is purpose built for the research community and its needs. The manipulators are mounted to a custom designed torso with two different mounting points to allow for a higher or lower overall reach depending on your needs; they are light, compact, and power efficient making them the perfect fit for integration into a mobile base. With plug and play functionality and a free SDK to get your projects moving right away, these arms are also a perfect fit for your research application needs.
Sawyer is a collaborative robot designed to execute tasks that have been impractical to automate with traditional industrial robots.
Sawyer features a 7 DOF robot arm with a 1260 mm reach that maneuvers into tight spaces and operates in work cells designed for humans. Built-in force sensing capabilities allow it to make adaptive decisions as tasks run, enabling Sawyer to work precisely (+/- .1 mm), while operating safely next to people.
Sunflower is a custom robot built by the adaptive systems research group for prototyping human-robot interactions inside the robot house.
TurtleBot is a low-cost, personal robot kit with open-source software that is easily extendable and highly customizable.