Sii Robot: Social Robot
The folks who created Robbie, an assistive robot prototype designed for a limbless teenager, have created the socially intelligent interface (Sii), a light-weight, 3D-printed robotic head designed to be used on mobile platforms. Built by the Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering department at Trinity College Dublin, Sii was designed to be an engaging, practical social interface - something the team says is often missing on mobile robots. Sii uses LCD screens for its eyes and mouth to display eight different emotions, including anger, disgust and surprise. Sii has three degrees of freedom in its neck that allow it to move forward and back, left to right, and shrug side to side.
“While it may not look it from some of the prototypes, our core mission for all of this work is to develop robots that can increase the independence of people with disabilities or vulnerable groups such as the elderly/injured vets,” project lead Dr. Conor McGinn, an assistant professor of mechanical and manufacturing engineering and Trinity College Dublin, tells Robotics Trends.
McGinn says Sii could eventually be integrated onto a mobile platform such as the group’s Aerobot prototype, which was designed to be used in houses and buildings. Aerobot was built with wheels instead of legs so that most of the robot’s weight is in its body, not the legs, to make the robot more adaptable and less expensive.
- Country: Ireland
- Company: Trinity College Dublin