HOBBIT is a mutual care robot project funded by the EU's Seventh Framework Programme. Its aim is to develop, in close contact with older people, the kinds of help they would like from a robot and then go on to develop one that can enable them to continue living and functioning in their homes.
In this picture, the robot is picking up a key chain from the floor.
This picture shows how the robot can be controlled with a touch screen. It can also be controlled through speech recognition and gestures.
The next version of the robot is now being developed and this process will continue into 2014. From September 2014 until February 2015, the robot will be tested in the homes of older people in Sweden, Austria and Greece (6-8 in each country). The users will have the robot for three weeks.
HOBBIT was on the news in Sweden on May 1, 2013 as shown in the following video from SVT.