Romibo is an open source community-facilitated robot platform for exploring and enacting therapeutic behaviors while educating the public about the use of technology to serve people with special needs.
MEmote: an open source community-‐facilitated robot platform for exploring and enacting therapeutic behaviors while educating the public about special needs and technology. By utilizing universal design we leverage the interest of the general public in order to develop a product for a minority audience.
What are you designing, creating, or researching?
MEmote will be engaging and expressive, reactive to presence, able to be used as a communication tool and able to be used as a mediator between therapists or parents and children. The robot will have multiple modes, behaviors and capabilities that may be downloaded from our website and easily uploaded via USB.
By making therapeutic robot technology publicly available, we will gain insights that would not have been possible in a lab setting.
Can we produce a robotics kit that is high functioning, accessible, adaptable, and inexpensive? Can we leverage the open source community to help produce new therapeutic tools? Can we use the project to raise awareness about social, developmental, and emotional disabilities and new potential treatments?
There is no substitute for contextual inquiry and realtime feedback. What we learn from our audience will be used to develop a product that will be applicable to the target users and beyond.
What have you done to get ready (planning, research, visioning, etc.)?
In the spirit of design research, we believe that going out into the world and working with the population first hand is the best way to learn how to design a product rather than collecting all data in a controlled lab setting.
Project is on going. Currently learning a lot. Will report back soon.
Create website where users provide feedback new robot behaviors, programmers can offer new behaviors for download, and researchers can identify new potential avenues for development.