Design of an Autonomous Trash-Picking Service Robot Focussed on Human-Robot Interaction

DS 116: Proceedings of the DESIGN2022 17th International Design Conference

Year: 2022
Editor: Mario Štorga, Stanko Škec, Tomislav Martinec, Dorian Marjanović
Author: Anand Vazhapilli Sureshbabu, Nuno Miguel Martins Pacheco, Laura Isabel Duran Noy, Markus Zimmermann
Series: DESIGN
Institution: Technical University of Munich, Germany
Section: Engineering Design Practice
Page(s): 2523-2532
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ISSN: 2732-527X (Online)


The design of service robots is typically treated as a mechatronic design problem aimed at implementation of its core technical functionalities. Intuitive operation and usability are ignored. We developed a trash-picking service robot with a strong focus on human-robot interaction (HRI) using the double diamond framework. The HRI-focussed hardware features were successfully implemented and tested. The results were shown to satisfy the ease of operation and usability requirements set as development goals for the robot.

Keywords: industrial design, conceptual design, design creativity, interaction design, new product development

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