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Coming Up...

March 24 to 26, 2015

ALTENPFLEGE 2015, Leading Exhibition for the Care Sector
Hall 1, Booth C35, Exhibition Centre Nuremberg, Germany
Simplified Care-O-bot 4 used as an intelligent care cart for residential care homes and hospitals

April 13 to 17, 2015

HMI 2015
Presented by SCHUNK: Hall 17, Booth D26, Exhibition Centre Hannover, Germany

April 29 to 30, 2015

8th AAL Congress
Congress Center Kap Europa, Level 2 + 4, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Simplified Care-O-bot 4 used as an intelligent care cart for residential care homes and hospitals



8th International Expert Days on Service Robotics

February 25 to 26, 2015

Using the motto „Service Robotics: Probing new Horizons“ the 8th International Expert Days on Service Robotics took place at the SCHUNK facilities in Brackenheim-Hausen. The world’s leading communication platform for applied service robotics presented top speakers from all over the globe who provided current information about the state-of-the-art, solutions and possibilities.

A highlight was the first presentation of Care-O-bot 4 in public. While Dr. Ulrich Reiser gave an overview about the abilities and specifications, the service-robot was built up live in front of the audience. That allowed to demonstrate the modular and easily adaptable design of Care-O-bot 4.




Release Party @ Fraunhofer IPA

February 5, 2015

Care-O-bot 4 gave its  release party at the premises of Fraunhofer IPA for all those who have worked on it for three years. Engineers and designers came together to celebrate the successful completion of the project.



HANNOVER MESSE 2015 Press Preview Event

February 3, 2015

Care-O-bot 4 did his first live appearance at the HANNOVER MESSE 2015 Press Preview Event in Berlin. The robot showed his capabilities to more than 100 selected journalists.


Source: SCHUNK / Thomas Möller



Fourth generation released: Care-O-bot 4

January 15, 2015

Together with the Stuttgart-based design studio Phoenix Design and Schunk, Fraunhofer IPA has been working on the completion of its new service robot for three years. The result is unique: The fourth generation of the Care-O-bot® is not only more agile, modular and charming than its predecessors, but it also stands out through the use of cost-reducing construction principles. In this way, large parts of its internal construction feature folding sheet metal, which is economical to produce in small quantities.

Care-O-bot cleaning the IPA library

August, 2014

A video has been recorded that shows the automated office cleaning with Care-O-bot 3 in the IPA library.

Automatica 2014

June 3 to 6, 2014

At AUTOMATICA 2014, three demonstrators of the AutoPnP project were presented at the BMWI / Industry 4.0 booth in hall A5 including Care-O-bot 3 applied to automated office cleaning tasks.

Furthermore, rob@work 3 equipped with a dual-arm robot was presented in Fraunhofer IPA’s booth in hall A4. It was used to demonstrate a new, fast and intuitive training system developed in the PRACE project allowing to apply it for automation of typical small batch assembly operations.

Care-O-bot serves at events in Wolfsburg, Lübeck, and Berlin

May, 2014

In Mai there was a batch of events where Care-O-bot could show his capabilities as well as serving drinks and food. One event was the robot festival at phaeno in Wolfsburg, the other one an event of Martens & Prahl insurance company in Lübeck.

Finally, the robot was presented at the market place of the “Dienstleistungstagung“ organized by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Berlin.

Care-O-bot remote controlled

April, 2014

Within a joint masters thesis with DLR, remote control of Care-O-bot 3 equipped with DLR’s HiT hand and their haptic control interfaces was implemented.

Hannover Messe 2014

April 7 to 11, 2014

At HMI 2014, Care-O-bot 3 equipped with components and technologies for automated office cleaning, specifically dirt and dustbin detection and cleaning has been presented at the booth of BMWi.

Article with additional pictures and video at

Santa Care-O-bot is back!

December 6th, 2013

Santa Care-O-bot is getting help from some reindeer rob@works while delivering a bunch of small MobiNa robots. Enjoy the christmas season!

Test of Care-O-bot cleaning application

December, 2013

The AutoPnP project develops a standardized software architecture allowing dynamic integration of different hardware and software components. Being one of the demonstrators, Care-O-bot 3 has been modified and applied to an office cleaning scenario. In December 2013, for one week it has been tested in the offices of the Dussmann company, one of the leading experts in Integrated Facility Management.

Care-O-bot in TV @ Quarks&Co with Ranga Yogeshwar

November 12th, 2013

Once more Care-O-bot bot had the opportunity to show its capabilities on TV, in the WDR production Quarks & Co. with Ranga Yogeshwar. You can watch the episode here.

ACCOMPANY user tests in Heerlen (NL)

August to November 2013

As part of the EU-FP7 collaborative project ACCOMPANY user tests with Care-O-bot 3 were carried out between August and October 2013 in Heerlen, NL, allowing elderly people to experience a robot-assisted household. The ACCOMPANY project focuses on investigating and evaluating the possibilities of using robotic assistance to facilitate independent living at home. Care-O-bot offered help to quickly pick up a parcel at the door and reminded the user to drink sufficiently. Depending on the physical condition of the user Care-O-bot also ensured the safe transfer of drinks to the user. In order to simplify usability of the complex robot technology a simple and intuitive user interface on a touch screen is used to operate Care-O-bot which allows the user to see through the eyes of the robot. By adjusting the system to user-specific preferences for example concerning the robot's approaching behaviour as well as various moods being displayed on the user interface, the user experience is supposed to be improved, thereby increasing the acceptance of technical assistance systems.

A new Care-O-bot is out in the world: cob3-7 settling down in Odense

October 23rd, 2013

We recently build up the seventh Care-O-bot 3 (cob3-7) which was shipped to Odense (Denmark) the 23rd of October 2013. Cob3-7 shows once more the modular design of Care-O-bot 3: Instead of a Schunk LWA or a Kuka LBR this robot is equipped with a Universal Robot UR5 arm. To give it the same dexterous workspace on both the front side and back side of the robot the arm is mounted on an additional rotation axis moving the arm to both sides.
In Odense cob3-7 will be used at the Southern Denmark University SDU and the Danish Technological institute DTI for their research e.g. within the project Patient@Home.

A full list of all Care-O-bots and rob@works can be found here.

Three rob@work platforms ready for delivery

May 8th, 2013

Opening of Fraunhofer IPA Care Lab

April 24th, 2013

The Care Lab integrates different assistive technologies developed at Fraunhofer IPA. Developments like Care-O-bot 3, the detection system sens@home, or the emergency assistant MobiNa were presented to an audience of more than 50 visitors. The lab is open to visits of the expert public. Please contact us for more details.

Congress „AUTONOMIK-Transfer“

January 31st, Berlin

At the AUTONOMIK-Congress the visual dirt detection system developed in the AutoPnP project was presented. It will be used for target-oriented cleaning of office buildings. Care-O-bot was further presented in the auditorium where it served snacks to the visitors.

AAL Congress

January 22nd to 23rd, Berlin

SRS Real home tests

December 10th to 14th, 2012

The main objectives of this test was to identify technical problems when operating the robot in a real home environment and to get feedback from potential elderly users.

Care-O-bot helping at home

December 7th, 2012

Watch the new Care-O-bot video, containing video sequences from SRS project and Tech4P project, on our Download page.

Care-O-bot meets Santa Claus

December 6th, 2012


Opening of the VDI TecStatt

November 30th, 2012

BRICS Research Camp in Malaga with cob3-3

November 6th, 2012

The BRICS research camp was a good success. The Care-O-bot group (from left to right: Oliver Zendel, Lucian Goron, Leif Jentoft, Florian Weißhardt, Tim Niemueller, Daniel Ortiz Morales and Felix Meßmer) could demonstrate that the same application was performed by Care-O-bot and a youbot. This was enabled by an semantic task abstraction level which was introduced during the camp to still beeing able to run the same application and components on each robot but take into account the different appearances and kinematic structure of the robots.

A post from Tim Niemueller with more details can be found here.

Below some impressions from the Camp

Rehacare International, Düsseldorf

October 10th to 13th, 2012

At Rehacare fair Care-O-bot was presented at the Theme Park Assistive Robotics organized by Fraunhofer IPA.

Care-O-bot serves at events in Braunschweig and Kopenhagen

October 8th, 2012

In September there was a batch of events where Care-O-bot could show his capabilities as well as serving drinks and food. One event in Braunschweig, Germany was titled “Handwerk trifft Technik” and another one took place in Kopenhagen, Denmark where people from danish industry and politics met. Danish press video of Care-O-bot in Kopenhagen.

Workhop on ROS Industrial at Fraunhofer IPA

October 17th, 2012

A workshop on ROS Industrial took place at Fraunhofer IPA in Stuttgart (Germany) at the 17th of October. Please find the workshop invitation including more information here.

New robots going out

July 27th, 2012

In July another batch of robots have grown up at IPA and will extend the Care-O-bot family. One of them, cob3-5 will assist cob3-2 at the University of Hertfordshire and cob3-6 will stay in the Service Robot Center at IPA.

First public presentation of rob@work 3 at Automatica 2012

May 22nd to 25th, 2012


SRS user tests and press conference, Milan

May 2nd to 11th, 2012

Care-O-bot was part of a one week user study in Milan which was held within the SRS project. The user studies were accompanied by a huge press attendance for the official press conference.

The b-it-bots placed 2nd during RoboCup GermanOpen with cob3-1

April 4th, 2012

Announcement from Nico Hochgeschwender of Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University on the cob-users mailing list

Dear all,

the RoboCup@Home team of the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied
Sciences placed 2nd during the RoboCup German Open 2012 in Magdeburg.

With a Care-O-bot 3 platform and our own software in the field of
manipulation, perception, and HRI we performed several feasible
household tasks such as cleaning an appartment.

We would like to thank all supporters and the Care-O-bot community.

Please refer to for more details
about our team and research.

With kind regards,
the b-it-bots

Congratulations! This is an impressive result, we are looking forward to know more about the RoboCup activities with cob3-1.

ipa-apartment: new home for cob3-3

March 16th, 2012

The famous ipa-kitchen has been destroyed yesterday and cob3-3 had to move out. But we already found a new home: the ipa-apartment. Cob3-3 already feels very well in his new environment and invites everybody to visit him.

In simulation the ipa-kitchen will still be present for your tests and a simulation environment for the new ipa-apartment will come soon.

First Care-O-bot Experimentation Days at Fraunhofer IPA in Stuttgart

November 30th and December 1st, 2011

The event aimed at students who had already gathered experience in software development for service robots and were keen on implementing and transferring theory to real robotic applications on Care-O-bot 3.

WiMi-Care final Workshop, Fraunhofer IPA Stuttgart

September 15, 2011

Care-O-bot @ IROS demonstrations 2011

September 25-30, 2011

IROS 2011 in San Francisco came with a demonstration session that aimed at validating theoretical results of papers experimentally on service robot platforms.

  • General Purpose Service Robot – EU Project BRICS
  • Active Perception Planning – Artemis JU project R3-COP
  • Semi-autonomous Tele-Operation Interface for Robotic Fetch and Carry Tasks – EU project SRS
  • Using Mobile Manipulation to solve a Household Task – EU Project BRICS

A symposium took place on Monday, 26 September highlighting the most interesting demos.

For more information please refer to the IROS demonstrations website.

RoboCup 2011 Istanbul

July 5 - 11, 2011

RoboCup German Open, Messe Magdeburg

March, 31 - April 3, 2011

Care-O-bot 3 @ BRICS Research Camp

October 24-29, 2010

In the last week of October the Care-O-bot participated in the first BRICS research camp ( in Motril/Spain. Students were working on the Care-O-bot as well as on some youbots and a dual arm lbr setup for one week. The “Care-O-bot students” reused software from the care-o-bot open source repository and integrated their own algorithms. The work of the students can be seen on youtube:

WiMi-Care intermediate Workshop, inHaus Duisburg

November 4, 2010

OpenRave Model for Care-O-bot Available

August 11th, 2010

The Care-O-bot 3 model got integrated in the OpenRAVE planning stack by Julsonne Gandon and Rosen Diankov. You can find the models in the current svn trunk of OpenRAVE.

Care-O-bot 3 @ ICRA Mobile Manipulation Challenge

May 3-8, 2010

Care-O-bot took part at the Mobile Manipulation Challenge which was held during the ICRA conference. The schedule and a list of other participants are available at the Challenge page.
Watch the official WillowGarage Video on Youtube.

Care-O-bot 3 @ Robocup@home camp

March 15th-20th, 2010

Care-O-bot 3 took part in the Robocup@home Camp in Bonn.

EURON/EUROP Annual Meeting

March 10-12, 2010

A presentation on the Care-O-bot research initiative was scheduled for March 12 at the EURON/EUROP Annual Meeting in San Sebastian, Spain. In the session “Robot Application Development Process” information about the development process of Care-O-bot 3 was provided including an introduction to the open source repository as well as the different access models allowing researchers all over the world to work with the robot.

Care-O-bot Research at Schunk Expert Days

February 24th and 25th, 2010

The Care-O-bot Research initiative was presented at the Schunk Expert Days in Brackenheim-Hausen, Germany. There was an introduction on the different access models to the robot and the open source repository.

Care-O-bot 3 information day

March 15th, 2010

The Care-O-bot 3 public information day took place on March,15th at our institute in Stuttgart. This information day addressed all research institutes interested in purchasing or remotely accessing a Care-O-bot 3 platform and informed about the current capabilities as well as available hardware and software components for the robot.

International Robot Exhibition iRex Tokio

November 25 to 28, 2009


Bayer Kommunikationszentrum BayKomm Leverkusen

Oktober 8 to 10, 2009


Anniversary 50 Years Fraunhofer IPA

July 1 to 3, 2009

CeBIT Trade fair Hannover

March 3 to 8, 2009

Joint Fraunhofer exhibit "Future at home"

CeBIT homepage

Science night at the FH Technikum Wien

November 8, 2008

Opening Fraunhofer inHaus 2 and inHaus-Forum

November 5 to 6, 2008

AUTOMATICA Trade Fair in Munich

June 10 to 13, 2008

"The robots are coming"

May 26, 2008

Presentation of Care-O-bot® 3 at the opening of the exhibition "The robots are coming"