QTrobot is an expressive little humanoid designed as a tool for therapists and educators. It uses facial expressions, gestures, and games to teach children with autism spectrum disorder about communication, emotions, and social skills.
- Luxembourg 🇱🇺
Did you know?
The name QTrobot is a play on "cute robot."
QTrobot was developed by LuxAI, a startup spun out of the University of Luxembourg, founded by Aida Nazarikhorram and Pouyan Ziafati. The goal was designing an expressive social robot for use in therapy, education, and research. Applications included learning support of children with autism and experiments in human-robot interaction. LuxAI started building QTrobot in 2016, finished a final prototype in mid-2017, and the following year began trials at various centers in Luxembourg, France, Belgium, and Germany. LuxAI plans to conduct longer-term trials, studying the robot’s impact on social competence, emotional well-being, and interaction with people.
Lightweight standalone research platform, with connections for mouse, keyboard, and monitor so it can be programmed directly. Easy to use graphical user interface. Recognizes emotions and poses. Supports Robot Operating System (ROS).
- 35 cm
- 64 cm
- 21 cm
- 5 kg
Intel RealSense D435 depth camera. ReSpeaker v2.0 high-performance mic array. Motor rotary encoders with position, speed, overload, and temperature feedback.
Eight HerkuleX smart servo motors
- Degrees of Freedom (DoF)
- 12 (Head: 2 DoF; Arm: 3 DoF x 2; Hand: 2 DoF unactuated x 2)
ABS plastic, aluminum
Intel NUC i7, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD
Ubuntu Linux OS, Robot Operating System (ROS), QTrobot App (Blockly-based visual programming), Python, C++, Java
19-V DC power supply or external battery pack