The entity’s new technological project for the development of applications and functionalities has the renewed confidence of the Ramon Molinas Foundation.

The Temi Robot is the star of the IRD’s new project for the social and healthcare sector, a social robot designed to interact with people. It has the ability to navigate autonomously in indoor spaces, using its own sensors, and can coexist with people by being able to avoid obstacles.

The project will be possible thanks to the financial support of the Ramon Molinas Foundation (RMF), which makes possible the development and creation of new applications to put social robots into service in residential environments. The RMF aims to promote and sponsor science and welfare activities of all kinds.

The collaborative robot Temi, created by the robotics company of the same name, is an automaton designed to revolutionise domestic tasks due to its high performance. At one metre tall and weighing 13 kilos, the robot stands out for its high level of intelligence built into its software.

The interaction of the Temi Robot with people can be verbal or through the touch screen. The collaboration will allow the creation of applications so that the robot can provide service, firstly, in homes for the elderly, performing functions of both assistance to residents and support to workers. Secondly, the robot’s ongoing developments may have applications in home care for dependent people, as well as being the basis for other technological platforms.

The development of digital applications in the Temi Robot will create new functionalities that will make it possible for users to interact with the robot to facilitate assistance functions for residents, such as communication with relatives via videoconference, information and entertainment, or accompanying and guiding the resident to different rooms in the residence.

At the same time, this project will help in the tasks of the workers, such as carrying out the daily records of the residents or supporting the group activities organised by the centre by means of videos and allowing the worker more individualised attention.

The collaboration between the Institute of Robotics for Dependency and the Ramon Molinas Foundation can solve problems that actively exist in the centres. Direct assistance applications with residents are a key tool that substantially improves day-to-day life, thanks to interactive communication with other people or through entertainment that cognitively stimulates users.