• Blue Danube Robotics helps us build the second prototype of the HOBBIT robot. Blue Danube Robotics delivers the head with eyes for emotional feedback, an RGB-D camera for gesture recognition and obstacle avoidance, infrared camera, loudspeakers, and temperature sensor. The head can pan and tilt for looking up and down and also backwards. Checkout

  • We collaborate with IGUS and use the Robolink arm (www.igus.de) on HOBBIT. At present with 5DOF. Recently a 6DOF was introduced. Also see the HOBBIT news in their blog.


  • The Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme (AAL JP) is a funding activity running from 2008 to 2013, with the aim of enhancing the quality of life of older people and strengthening the industrial base in Europe through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Therefore, the AAL JP is an activity that operates in the field of services and actions to enable the active ageing among the population.

  • Robotnyheter.se and the associated community Robotforum.se are a Swedish news site about robots as well as a meeting place for Swedish robotics where discussions can be brought about, for example humanoid robots, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, nanotechnology, unmanned aerial vehicles, and more. .
  • Projects

    • ALIAS - ICT based solutions for Advancement of Social Interaction of Elderly People. Metralabs, also partner in the HOBBIT project, and the partners in the ALIAS project study natural robot user interaction to increase social interaction.

    • ROBOT-ERA - Implementation and integration of advanced Robotic systems and intelligent Enviroments in real scenarios for the ageing population. This project extends the HOBBIT concept to couple the home robot, developed by HOBBIT partner Metralabs with robots that also help outside of the apartment.

    • robots@home project lead to an affordable, scaleable and versatile platform that is targeted for marketing in two to three years after project end open to any application that requires the safe navigation capability

    • Integrated cognitive assistive and domotic companion robotic systems for ability and security (COMPANIONABLE)

    • Multi-Purpose Mobile Robot for Ambient Assisted Living (FLORENCE). The Florence project with its multipupurpose mobile robot platform will pioneer the use of robots in delivering new kinds of AAL services to elderly persons and their caretakers. The main objective of Florence is to make this concept acceptable for the users and cost effective for the society and care givers.

    • HERMES - Cognitive care and guidance for active aging (HERMES)

    • Knowledgable Service Robots for Aging (KSERA)

    • UNIVERsal open platform and reference Specification for Ambient Assisted Living (UNIVERSAAL)

    • The Austrian project eHOME will develop an assistive home environment for elderly persons, covering fall recognition and prevention, activity monitoring and social integration of elderly persons and their carers.

    • The EU funded FP7 project RoboEarth will develop a World Wide Web for robots including nurse-bots and socially assistive robots (SAR). The robots use the World Wide Web to store and retrieve learned tasks and actions. This enables robots to learn from each other and apply it in their own setting.

    • In the INTERREG-IVC project ROBO M.D. develop a home care robot which monitors and detects critical situations which need prompt medical attention for older persons or people with cardiovascular diseases.

    • DOMEO, an AAL Project, focuses on the development of an open robotic platform for the integration , and adaptation of personalized homecare services, as well as cognitive and physical assistance.
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