Meet Wanda

Create a social robot that can be used in healthcare for less than €60 was the goal. We chose to build a robot for elderly who are in need of company. The best solution would be an actual pet, sadly these bring all sorts of problems in conventional healthcare situations. So we made a pet-like robot that has (most of) the benefits of an actual pet while eliminating the problems.

This is a series of experiments and a proof-of-concept as a final prototype.

Duration: 9 weeks

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Experiments with movement of the head.

To explore how to technically build, shape and move the eye we build a first low-fidelity prototype.

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Usertesting with different designs of the eyes and colors.

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Overview of different eye states.

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3d printed parts make up the neck.

First time Wanda truly came to life. Experimented with movement, eyes and reaction. In this prototype the neck is way too unstable. We ended up removing one servo to reduce the height of the head and simplify its movements.

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The neck system. This was easily simplified by removing the middle servo.

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Experimentation with movement and touch reaction. The black part on her head is conductive paper which you can stroke.

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The brain.

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Usertest at my grandma's. Showes the need for customisation and how Wanda would work in actual use.

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Final prototype.