The Interabot project will develop a prototype of a next-generation domestic robot, designed to make everyday chores a little easier. Project engineers will draw on the latest innovations in man-machine interfaces and tackle new challenges in artificial intelligence and the processing of sound and visual input from a robot's surroundings. The robot will also include a mobile platform. The potential global market for the domestic robot is huge, if the success of robotic vacuum cleaners is anything to go by: 10% market share and 10 million satisfied users in just four years.
The project team sees their domestic robot as being a permanent fixture of the home, somewhere between a butler, a pet, and a companion. The main innovations will lie in the robot's advanced communication interfaces and behavior. The robot will be proactive and wireless with rich data capture capabilities. It will be able to both help and entertain family members, forming relationships with each one that can evolve over time. Most significantly, it will be a pioneer in the field of connected domestic robots.