Vacuum cleaning robots hardly make headline news any more, and even robots which mow the lawn are slightly old hat. That
the scope of application for service robots, robots which perform services for humans, is absolutely unlimited, is demonstrated by the “RoboCup@Home” event in this year's robotics world championships in Graz. The idea behind this event is to stimulate the development of robots for use in daily life. The machines should take over monotonous chores and
give a “hand” to their owners wherever
Model apartment as setting for the test
Robots introduce themselves, attentively open the door, recognise persons and lead them through the Stadthalle as guides. In the tests which the service robots have to complete in the RoboCup@Home competition, the focus is on human-machine interaction. Since this event was first held in the framework of the RoboCup in 2006, tasks have been continually changed in order to constantly raise the bar for these versatile butlers. Nevertheless, there is some criteria for robotic benchmarking. The tasks the autonomous service robots have to perform have to be socially relevant, scientifically challenging, application-oriented and, finally, exciting for the spectators. As usual, the real world serves as the setting. A realistic, non-standard model of an apartment with basic fixtures and fittings for sitting room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom will turn Hall A of the Graz Trade Fair into an arena for robots. For the first time in the history of RoboCup@Home, this year a supermarket stage set will be used where the electronic helpers can go “shopping” by themselves. Following the tests, teams can present particular abilities which they have chosen for their robots to perform in the apartment set in the Open Challenge. Five of the altogether 22 RoboCup@Home teams will go into the final. A jury of experts will then select the winning team.
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