Developing Useful and Cost-Effective Companion Robots

What is Roboost?

Roboost is an OpenSource project that aims toward the development of a useful and cost-effective companion robot.

Embarrassingly Naive Vision for the Roboost Companion Robot

Design and Functionality:

  • Modern NEMO-2 inspired design
  • Transparent sensor-filled dome
  • Emotion-reflecting LED camera dome
  • Suitable for indoor/outdoor use
  • Omnidirectional, terrain-flexible movement

Communication and Emotional Expression:

  • Communicates with LEDs, sounds, movements
  • Movement reflects emotional states
  • Varied speed and style for feelings

Autonomous Behavior and Interaction:

  • Curiosity-driven autonomous exploration
  • Engineered with decision-making capability
  • Chooses behaviors and interactions

Practical Features:

  • Item transport, obstacle navigation
  • Environmental monitoring with sensors
  • User-friendly LED status indicators

Learning and Personality Development:

  • Adapts behaviors from humans
  • Develops a unique personality over time
  • Retains and reflects owner’s mannerisms

Vision and Impact:

  • Blends practicality with emotional connection
  • Adapts to user lifestyles and preferences
  • Acts as a generational memory link
  • Fosters a legacy connecting generations

Current Hardware

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Current State

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Components

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Cerebrum

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Entorhinal Cortex

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Primary Motor Cortex

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