Introducing: MoBi

30/01/2020

Over the past few months, a five-member team at the iTec has developed a concept and a first prototype of an interactive robot for primary school. MoBi - short for "Monster Bin" - explains to children how they should deal with garbage. In March, MoBi will be presented at the International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction in Cambridge as part of the Student Design Competition. 

  Drawing of the robot Copyright: © Laura Platte

Teaching children how to deal with garbage

In which trash bin does this belong again? And do you even have to throw it away yet? The principles of the waste hierarchy - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - and correct waste separation are essential to save resources and should therefore be taught starting at an early age. MoBi is intended as a supplement for school lessons to teach and practice the rules of dealing with waste, using the concrete example of the waste produced in class.

Development in an interdisciplinary team

The team members from the fields of linguistics and communication science, computer science, mechanical and electrical engineering work on MoBi. Together, they have developed everything from the didactic concept to the interaction design and technical implementation. The first version consists of simple materials such as papier-mâché and fabric as well as low-cost hardware components.

The Student Design Competition

The Student Design Competition takes place within the International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction. Every year, students from all over the world are called upon to become creative in interdisciplinary teams and develop robotic systems. The aim is not to present a mature product. Instead, the focus of the competition is to work out a real problem and address it with a robotic system with an exciting interaction concept. More information about the competition can be found on the conference website.

Presentation in March at the HRI-Conference

The development status of the prototype will be presented in March at the International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction in Cambridge. There, the winners of the Student Design Competition will be announced. We keep our fingers crossed for MoBi!