The Everyday Robot Product Design

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Delivery robots will soon be a natural part of our everyday lives. The innovations in robotics are becoming visible to everyone. The ETH spin-off Sevensense, in collaboration with the Jelmoli department store, has developed a convincing prototype for very specific application scenarios. With an innovative concept, the product design of the nose ensured a pragmatic implementation.
It is no easy task for an autonomous machine to perceive a highly dynamic environment and move from A to B in a targeted manner.
One platform for many applications
The Sevensense robot contains an electronic platform that is suitable for many application scenarios. Essentially, it's about the interaction of camera-based navigation with a localization system and intelligent, self-learning algorithms. Everything together ensures an overall system with a high level of robustness that can cope even in a crowded and rapidly changing environment. The self-driving robots can orientate themselves reliably even in the hustle and bustle of an airport, train station or shopping center.

Committed to providing more service
The preparatory work for the everyday use of delivery robots is currently in full swing. They will soon be a normal part of our everyday lives, for example carrying out delivery services from the supermarket to the customer's doorstep. Hospital and nursing staff can be relieved of tedious routine tasks by using delivery robots. Various innovative services are also conceivable for restaurants and hotels.

Modular structure
The load part of the robot provides a lot of flexibility. It can be equipped with a cooling compartment, a warming container or a security locker. This means it can be optimally adapted to different application scenarios.
Despite all its futuristic fascination, the design of the Sevensense delivery robot is primarily intended for everyday use.
Fit for everyday life
Robots will soon be part of the normal street scene. Product design plays an important role in their acceptance. The appearance shouldn't be too futuristic or technical, but it shouldn't look like a modern toy either. Robots should not be noticeable in daily use, but should only be noticed when you use their service. During development, we therefore made sure that subtle playful elements and the practical quality of the device complement each other.

When selecting the components, we made sure that we could implement a pre-series model with reasonable effort. To do this, we combined some standard components with special parts from the 3D printer. In this way, we ensured a solid appearance that can otherwise only be achieved cost-effectively with larger quantities. Thanks to these creative detailed solutions, the prototype was able to be assembled directly by the development team and started testing.

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Cristoffel Bonorand

Industrial Designer und Photographer

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With the design for this robot, we have explored how future technologies can seamlessly integrate into our daily lives, appearing entirely natural and pragmatic.

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