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Mobile robots, working in conjunction with smart sensors, offer proactive initiative to prompt and support a person wherever they are, offering increased availability, awareness and access, as compared to a static system. A robot as the interface also has the potential to offer a more social and entertaining interaction experience. The use of voice and gesture recognition, speech synthesis and sensor information from ambient intelligent environments and smart garments, enable a robotic assistive system to offer more natural interactions. At the BRL, the Anchor Robotics Personalised Assisted Living Studio is an in-house facility to develop, test and implement assistive robots and heterogeneous sensor systems in a realistic environment, bringing together our expertise in robotics, human-robot interaction, intelligent learning systems and person-centred design. This helps to ensure real-world applicability of our research and can help in reducing the time to get these innovative technologies to market. A person-centred approach is adopted: understanding people’s context of use and perspectives on robotic assistive technology; investigating potential barriers and constraints and criteria for acceptability; considering ethical issues and social and cultural impact of the technology. A key aspect of the research into Assistive Robotics is developing contextual and social intelligence for the robot to interact appropriately, safely, and reliably in real-time. The aim is to develop robust and intelligent assistive robots by incorporating both environmental and user characteristics, and behaviour as part of the overall control system architecture.

Available platforms
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Assisted Living Studio

Anchor Robotics Personalised Assisted Living Studio is an in-house facility to develop, test and implement assistive robots and heterogeneous sensor systems in a realistic environment, bringing together our expertise in robotics, human-robot interaction, intelligent learning systems and person-centred design.
This helps to ensure real-world applicability of our research and can help in reducing the time to get these innovative technologies to market.

Additional information available here.

Key features

  • Sensors
  • Cameras
  • Safety monitoring measures

Possible applications

  • Observation of Human Robot Interaction
  • Development of Sensory System for Human Behaviour Monitoring
  • Implementation of Cloud Computing for Human Observations
  • Development of Aids for  Human Functionality
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Engineered Arts – SociBot mini

SociBot Mini integrates the core technologies of RoboThespian in a desktop-sized robot. Extra ports and multiple Ethernet connections make it easy to interface with your choice of hardware. The projective head and fully articulated neck make SociBot even more expressive than its larger sibling. Ideal for individual researchers, small-footprint telepresence, or just for playing around with at home, SociBot offers a simple and affordable introduction to advanced robotics.
SociBot can track the position of more than 12 people at a time, even in a crowd. It can also detect gestures like hand waves and body poses. The internal head projector can map any face onto any mould – talk to us about customizing your facial features and projection options. See our Technology section for more details.

Additional information available here.

Key features

  • Projected facial expression technology
  • Integrated browser based IDE
  • Wide choice of text to speech languages and voice variations (1 voice supplied as standard)
  • High quality 20W audio output
  • Facial motion capture
  • Optional age, gender and expression estimation using SHORE TM
  • Integrated HD webcam
  • 3 powered head axis
  • Integrated PC
  • Integrated IR depth sensor for gestures

Possible applications

  • Development of Social Robotics
  • Experimental Work with Visual Artefacts
  • Development of Speech and Face Expression for Robot Output
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KOMPAÏ Robots – KOMPAÏ 1

Service robot on mobile base, designed to work in indoor environments to support caregivers and healthcare assistants.

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Key features

  • Front localisation laser
  • Touch and voice activated screen
  • Telepresence
  • Front facing KINECT camera
  • Speech recognition.

Possible applications

  • Human Robot Interaction
  • Mobile Robot Navigation
  • Domestic Robot Exploration
  • Audio Communication
  • Human Robot Interaction Observations