Adero is a focus project at ETH Zurich for students in their final year of undergraduate studies.
Over the course of two semesters, starting in September 2018, we will apply our technical knowledge and develop a product from the ground up.
The end of the project is marked by a public presentation called the Focus Roll-Out, where the capabilities of the final product will be demonstrated.
Our focus is on creating an autonomous robot that is user-friendly, safe and agile. Jelmoli, our main sponsor, will open three new stores at Zurich Airport. To elevate the customer-experience, our robot will interconnect as well as extend the stores’ reach by delivering to specified pick-up points. The airport being the environment which the robot will navigate in, many additional difficulties will need to be addressed.
The robot is driving on two wheels and needs to be able to carry a load of up to 10 kg. Since it drives indoor at the airport we need to create a complex navigation system. Both our computer vision team and Controls team are working on these challenges.
We aim to embody the following key words in our design: minimalistic, trustworthy, pleasant and attentive. To achieve user-friendliness, we will explore all aspects concerning our customer’s interaction with the robot. In our pursuit we will create new interfaces and guidance for the user.
The main objective we intend to achieve in respect to the structure is for it to be rigid, light and resistant to unexpected impacts. Considering the high crowd density at the airport, all physical aspects of the robot need to be devised with safety of the customers and bystanders in mind.
The first prototype to be displayed will be presented at the Focus Roll-Out event, scheduled for the end of May 2019.
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