A video has been recorded that shows the automated office cleaning with Care-O-bot 3 in the IPA library.
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
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
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 golem.de
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
In the last week of October the Care-O-bot participated in the first BRICS research camp (www.best-of-robotics.org) 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:
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.