Innovation for Independence

Robots for Good - Inmoov Explorer

Publish date:
16/01/2015 - 1:57pm
Last updated:
15/05/2015 - 9:50am
Author:
Wevolver

The Inmoov Explorer project is a 3D Printed human size robot that will allow disabled people to visit the world outside their room through virtual reality. It will allow them to visit friends, go to museums or even go shopping. The robot will be build in universities in collaboration with local makerspaces. Unique about the project is that all the technology used is open source which means anybody can build and modify the robot which makes it possible for communities around the world to start building this project and create a global research and development department around the project. It's a great way to get students excited about technology and at the same time let them contribute, and get involved with disabled people by working closely with them to get the best product. We are already successfully piloting this project with hospitalized children on : http://www.robotsforgood.com/

Insight & Impact

A great part of disabled people are home bound and getting out of the house being involved in day to day life is a big issue. People often feel disconnected from real life. The Explorer project changes this. It will not only make disabled people “virtually” go outside. It will make them special since they are using a state of the art robot. It will make a huge impact on the lives of millions of disabled people and connect them to students, universities and makers that are building the robots. Together they will learn about how to use this technology and connect not just on a technical level but also on a more personal note. It gives a sense of inclusion and contribution to an evolving project for anybody involved. It's a great way to get mass media awareness for disabled people since the project largely appeals to people's imagination.