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Buddy / Experimental Social Robot


Buddy, is a social robot that aims to provoke the same notion of "robot" as it speculates a future where robots are actually your mentors, keeping you motivated to alleviate feelings of loneliness. The selected target group is people that are not old, yet, but are in transition at the moment, the baby boomers. The most appropriate moment to intervene is the retirement, as it was investigated to be one of the crucial moments in one's life that might lead to a future lonely senior. The proposed design is an embodied companion that provides seniors a structured way to segment their long-term goals into short-term ones by "materialising" them.



Delft, Netherlands

Natalia Papadopoulou,