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Universidad británica busca un socio para establecer acuerdos de financiación y continuar con el desarrollo de un robot humanoide socialmente interactivo para niños con autismo y otras dificultades de interacción social

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOUK20170103001
Publicado:
05/01/2017
Caducidad:
05/01/2018
Resumen:
Una universidad británica ha desarrollado un robot humanoide socialmente interactivo del tamaño de un niño con rasgos humanos realistas pero simplificados que se utiliza con niños con autismo y otras dificultades sociales y relacionadas con la comunicación para ayudarles a interactuar y comunicarse. Gracias a su diseño y capacidad de adaptación a las necesidades específicas de cada niño, este robot es una herramienta efectiva para profesores y terapeutas que trabajan en colegios. La universidad ha desarrollado los prototipos iniciales y busca socios que ofrezcan financiación para desarrollar los prototipos de preproducción mediante acuerdos de financiación.

Details

Tittle:
A UK university seeks partner for investment in a financial agreement for further development of a socially interactive humanoid robot for use with children with autism and other social interaction impairments
Summary:
A UK university has developed a child sized socially interactive humanoid robot with realistic, but simplified human-like features that can be used with children with autism and other social and communication impairments to help them to interact and communicate. The university has developed initial prototypes and is now seeking partners to provide funding to develop pre-production prototypes in a financial agreement.
Description:
Autism affects each person differently but a particularly common characteristic of children at the middle- to lower-end of the autistic spectrum is the difficulty to cope with social interaction, experiencing this as unpredictable, overwhelming and frightening, causing anxiety and often withdrawal. In addition, they find it difficult to understand and process subtleties in human expression, gestures, and body language. As a result, many autistic children retreat within themselves and become isolated. As a three-dimensional, physical object, this robot provides children with the opportunity for safe, physical engagement and exploration of the robot´s human-like features and behaviours. Children are encouraged to interact with the robot so that they become accustomed to different human expressions and movements, to communicate with other people through the robot, and then finally to encounter people on their own having learnt the appropriate ways in which they should react to and interact with people. The robot´s design, together with its ability to be tailored to each child´s specific needs, ensures that it is a particularly effective tool for use in schools by teachers and therapists.

The robot is designed to:
· Help to break the child´s social isolation
· encourages the use of non-verbal communication and verbal language,
· Mediate child-child or child-adult interaction,
· help children to learn fundamental social skills such as imitation and turn-taking
· Help children with autism manage collaborative play,
· Complement the work in the classroom (specific objectives set by the school´s curriculum)
· Provide the opportunity for basic embodied and cognitive learning, resulting in the emerging awareness of cause and effect.
· Help children to explore basic human emotions
· Help children to learn about appropriate tactile interaction

The university has already developed a working robot but now needs to take this to the next stage with the design and development of a pre-production prototype. To enable the university to achieve this they are looking for financial support in the form of a partner willing to enter into a financial agreement.
Advantages and Innovations:
The humanoid robot has several innovations and advantages the key being its ability to interact and behave in a child-like way.

· It has several skin sensors on its cheeks, torso, arms, back, palms of hands and soles of feet allowing the robot to autonomously respond to touch, e.g. in a positive or negative way depending on the nature of the touch

· The robot uses body expressions (movements of the hand, arms and facial expressions), gestures and voice to interact with the children
· The eyes are video cameras that can move from side to side and up and down and the eyelids can open and shut.

· The mouth can open, smile and lower the lips to portray sadness

· A variety of human-like gestures and body postures can be produced due to flexible movements in the head, arms and torso.

· The robot can hold a comb or a toothbrush to play games involving personal hygiene. It can use its hands to drum on a toy tambourine and it can sing songs.

· The robot also has a remote control feature which can be used by the children or by a teacher, therapist or parent in order to adapt the games to individual children´s needs and interests and to allow the children to interact in their own time

· Switching between different sets of games can be done easily using RFID cards
Stage of Development:
Prototype available for demonstration
IPs:
Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted,Trade Marks,Copyright
CommeR Statunts Regarding IPR Status:
A GB patent application has been filed: UK and EU trademarks also granted.

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
The university seeks investors to finance the development and manufacture of a pre-production prototype for a financial agreement

Client

Type and Size of Client:
University
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Si
Languages Spoken:
English

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
01004001 Applications for Health
11002 Educación y formación
06001013 Tecnología médica / ingeniería biomédica
11004 Tecnología, sociedad y empleo