Resident Robots

Our robots provide people with social, physical and cognitive support, mostly within a care context. Some are programmed to help people fetch objects; others prompt people to look after themselves by reminding them to, for example, drink water regularly, eat three meals a day and take their medicine.



Care-O-Bot 4

Key characteristics

  • Socially interactive design
  • Sophisticated mobility
  • Flexible body movements
  • Two powerful manipulators
  • Only one in the UK for open use

Research applications

  • Elderly care & domestic support
  • Social robotics & human-robot interaction

Care-o-bot 4 manufacturer information

Care-O-Bot 3


Key characteristics

  • Task-oriented design
  • Highly mobile
  • Tray-tablet combination
  • Single three-finger manipulator
  • Well established research subject

Research applications

  • Elderly care & domestic support
  • Social robotics & human-robot interaction

Care-o-bot 3 manufacturer information

Fetch Research Platform


Key characteristics

  • Functional design
  • Highly mobile & agile
  • Extendable body
  • Single 7 DoF manipulator
  • Wide community support

Research applications

  • Physical tasks & navigation
  • Safety aspects of human-robot interaction

Fetch manufacturer information

Pepper


Key characteristics

  • Socially interactive humanoid
  • Expressive & autonomous behaviours
  • Integrated face and voice recognition
  • Easy-to-use programming environment
  • Commonly employed in HRI research

Research applications

  • Emotions in human-robot interacion
  • Social robotics & human-robot interaction

Pepper manufacturer information

Pioneer Manipulator


Key characteristics

  • Sophisticated manipulation on mobile platform
  • Modular & extensible design
  • Dual-hand manipulation
  • Versatile & exchangable parts
  • Individual components independently usable

Research applications

  • Physical tasks & navigation
  • Prototyping human-robot interaction

Pioneer Mobile Manipulator community support

Sawyer


Key characteristics

  • Stationary collaborative manipulator
  • Safefy-focused design
  • Animated interaction surface
  • High-resolution force control
  • Cage-free interaction combined with industry standards

Research applications

  • Pick & place, collaborative tasks
  • Kinesthetic teaching & learning

Sawyer manufacturer information

TurtleBot 2


Key characteristics

  • Compact mobile base
  • 3d perception & navigation
  • Low-cost & portable
  • Open hardware design
  • Highly customisable

Research applications

  • Prototyping of end-user applications & hardware design
  • Non-humanoid robot assistance

TurtleBot 2 manufacturer information

Sunflower


Key characteristics

  • Compact & mobile
  • Laser range finder
  • Touch-enabled interaction surface
  • Integrated storage
  • Custom & extensible hardware design
  • Social signalling capabilities

Research applications

  • Prototyping social behaviours
  • Human-robot interaction & assistance

Researchers from University of Hertfordshire and beyond are exploring new ideas around human-robot interaction.

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