We are honoured to have the following robots and teams on board:


The Osaka University in Japan has developed a new child robot platform called Affetto. Affetto can make realistic facial expressions so that humans can interact with it in a more natural way.


Accompanied by: Prof. Minoru Asada

University / Manufacturer: Osaka University

Country of origin: Japan

Geminoid HI4

Hiroshi Ishiguro, a roboticist at Osaka University, in Japan, has, as you might expect, built many robots. But his latest aren’t run-of-the-mill automatons. Ishiguro’s recent creations look like normal people. One is an android version of a middle-aged family man—himself.


Accompanied by: Prof. Kohei Ogawa

University / Manufacturer: Osaka University

Country of origin: Japan


Nao is definitely one of the coolest humanoids around that stands a chance of making it into households as a real product. Aldebaran envisions it as "an autonomous family companion." Nao can grasp objects with its prehensile hands; process image and sound data; and navigate its environment using its sonars. Multimedia features include high-fi speakers, microphones, and CMOS digital cameras


Accompanied by: Andréa Mestre

University / Manufacturer: Aldebaran Robotics

Country of origin: France


iCub is a small robot humanoid developed by the consortium RobotCub, composed of several universities throughout Europe.


Accompanied by: Prof. Giorgio Metta, Prof. Giulio Sandini

University / Manufacturer: Italian Institute of Technology, IIT

Country of origin: Italy


ECCEROBOT is an anthropomimetic robot, built with bones, muscles, and tendons to move the way humans do.


Accompanied by: Dr. Hugo Gravato Marques

University / Manufacturer: Laboratory of Artificial Intelligence / University of Zurich

Country of origin: Switzerland


HomeMate is a fascinating attempt to develop a home assistant/companion robot by Intelligent System Research Institute(ISRI) in SungKyumKwan University(SKKU). One of the guiding principles is the so-called «w-Cognitive Robotics for HRI(Human Robot Interaction)». The "w" stands for "will" and indicates the idea that true intelligence and believable and dependable interaction has to originate from a motivated agent.


Accompanied by: Prof. Sukhan Lee

University / Manufacturer: Sungkyunkwan University / Yujin Robot Co. Ltd. / Bonavision, Inc.

Country of origin: Korea


The AI Lab of the University of Zurich and partners from the private sector are constructing a humanoid robot called „Roboy“. Roboy is a pioneering project with cutting edge expertise in tendon driven robotics. On March 9 2013 he will attend Robots on Tour for the first time and welcome the visitors of Robots on Tour with a surprising performance. “Roboy” will be able to recognize faces as well as having senses such as hearing and speaking and will cruise through the exhibition ground on his bike.


Accompanied by: Prof. Rolf Pfeifer

University / Manufacturer: Laboratory of Artificial Intelligence / University of Zurich

Country of origin: Switzerland


RoboThespianª is a life sized, interactive, humanoid robot loved by public science centres and academic research institutions worldwide. Fully programmable and multi-lingual, RoboThespianª can communicate, interact and entertain in a way that few people have experienced before.


Accompanied by: Will Jackson

University / Manufacturer: Engineered Arts Ltd.

Country of origin: United Kingdom


MecWilly is a low-cost robots designed to interact with children in several educational contexts. It's tested with children of different ages including children with autism.


Accompanied by: Roberto Massini

University / Manufacturer: Progetto MecWilly Educational

Country of origin: Italy


This robot is a balancing, mechanoid social robot equipped with an expressive head and two dexterous hands. FLASH being a robotic companion is capable of communicating with people.


Accompanied by: Prof. Robert Muszynski

University / Manufacturer: Institute of Computer Engineering, Control & Robotics / Wroclaw University of Technology

Country of origin: Poland

Pneumatic Leg

Monopedal robot with musculoskeletal system including bi-articular mucles


Accompanied by: Prof. Koh Hosoda, Hiroyuki Kidokoro

University / Manufacturer: Osaka University

Country of origin: Japan

Hamburg Bit-Bots

A team of humanoid soccer playing DARwin-OP robots. The DARwin-OP is a versatile open plattform for sientific and private use.


Accompanied by: Students

University / Manufacturer: University of Hamburg / Robotis

Country of origin: Germany / Korea

HEBO #2 Robots

Bioliod Art Project in collaboration with Frank Bodin / Johannes M. Hedinger. These robots pray, swing & watch their water reflections


Accompanied by: Prof. Robert Riener

University / Manufacturer: ETH Zurich

Country of origin: Switzerland


Flobi is a social robot head with an expressive face and integrated sensors, for situated Human-Robot-Interaction. It can perform many facial expressions and interact with humans.


Accompanied by: Dr. Ing. Ingo Lütkebohle

University / Manufacturer: University of Bielefeld

Country of origin: Germany

Original Terminator and friends

Meet our moviestars! Movieprops.ch presents Original screen-used movie props from it's exclusive private collection


Accompanied by: Roman Guettinger

University / Manufacturer: Movieprops.ch

Country of origin: Switzerland

Brain-Controlled Wheelchair

José del R. Millan's robot that can be controlled by the brain waves of a paraplegic person wearing an electrode-fitted cap.


Accompanied by: Prof. José del R. Millan

University / Manufacturer: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) Lausanne

Country of origin: Switzerland


Brand new Baxter is the first of a new generation of smarter, more adaptive industrial robots.


Accompanied by: Prof. Rodney Brooks

University / Manufacturer: Rethink Robotics

Country of origin: USA

Cornell Ranger

Don't miss Ranger's new world record attempt at Robots on Tour 2013! Ranger will try to beat his own record, which was to walk 65 km on one single battery charge!


Accompanied by: Prof. Andy Ruina

University / Manufacturer: Cornell Univerity

Country of origin: USA

«Our team is excited to be participating in Robots on Tour!   We hope to break Ranger's previous world record for non-stop unassisted robotic walking.   Please come by to ask questions and cheer Ranger on!»

Parrot AR Drone 2.0

Ready for an impressive airshow by Prof. Davide Scaramuzza? These are helicopters with four blades which are controlled via a specially designed app for iOS and Android devices. The Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 generates its own Wi-Fi network on-board, without the need of an Internet connection or wireless router to get started.


Accompanied by: Prof. Davide Scaramuzza

University / Manufacturer: Laboratory of Artificial Intelligence / University of Zurich

Country of origin: Switzerland

Dynamic Leg Press

This is a new generation of soft robot assisted training and therapy devices for the Sports and Health market.


Accompanied by: Raja Dravid, Max Lungarella

University / Manufacturer: Dynamic Devices

Country of origin: Switzerland


KOMPOTT is a small, personal robot able to receive text and voice messages and reading them aloud to the user. We have created an intuitive, easy-to-use interface for accessing numerous channels of communication, including emails, text messages, various chat services and social networking applications. Thus aiming towards a generation of elderly that has grown in to a digital world, without the capability to cope with its complexity.


Accompanied by: Nino Cometti, Florian Wille

University / Manufacturer: Zurich University of Arts

Country of origin: Switzerland


Kenshiro is a novel type of tendon-driven humanoid robot that mimics the human musculaskelatal system.


Accompanied by: Prof. Masayuki Inaba

University / Manufacturer: The University of Tokyo

Country of origin: Japan


This yellow-peep robot has been used in therapeutic support for autistic children for years. The eyes are cameras and the nose is a microphone, through which a therapist interacts with the children and records the children's behavior for academic research and social practices.


Accompanied by: Prof. Hideki Kozima

University / Manufacturer: Miyagi University / BeatBots LLC

Country of origin: Japan

Kibo, Silbot & Mero

Kibo, Silbot and Mero were development at KIST for the purpose of creating intelligent robots that can provide services to us humans. The primary goal of Silbot for example, is to act as a constant companion that may help encourage the elderly to maintain active and healthy minds and bodies.


Accompanied by: Dr-Ing. Munsang Kim

University / Manufacturer: Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST)

Country of origin: Korea


One of the most intriguing visions in robotics is that of a robotic housemaid capable of helping us with everyday household tasks. Researchers at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg in Germany have now started to develop a robotic application for cleaning up untidy rooms using the PR2.


Accompanied by: Prof. Wolfram Burgard

University / Manufacturer: Willow Garage / Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg

Country of origin: Germany


The robot is able to deal with household environments and the wide variety of objects and activities encountered in it. Watch him navigateand performe chores in a kitchen at «Robots on Tour»!


Accompanied by: Prof. Tamim Asfour, Prof. Ruediger Dillmann

University / Manufacturer: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Country of origin: Germany


This robot bartender is able to communicate with humans in a socially appropriate way and to serve drinks to its customers. James is developed by the EC-funded JAMES project (Joint Action for Multimodal Embodied Social Systems). Come and have a drink, served by James!


Accompanied by: Dr. Manuel Giuliani, Prof. Alois Knoll

University / Manufacturer: fortiss GmbH, Munich

Country of origin: Germany


"Mask-bot" is a new generation of a talking head. Unlike usual flat screens which provide some facial animation using computer graphics, Mask-bot gives a more realistic 3D rendition of a human face. Mask-bot is unique for 3 reasons: (i) a single photograph suffices for morphing it into a flat picture with 3D information, and (ii) a projector projects the morphed 3D image into the rear side of a semi-opaque 3D plastic mask such that the image gets the shape of a human head again, and (iii) the facial animation is controlled by a computer to synthesize lip movements and facial expressions synchronously with speech output. Ready is Mask-bot, a surprisingly human-like, talking head.


Accompanied by: Prof. Gordon Cheng, Dr. Takaaki Kuratate

University / Manufacturer: Technical University of Munich

Country of origin: Germany

Nao Devils

This humanoid soccer team will play against the Hamburg Bit-Bots


Accompanied by: Matthias Hofmann

University / Manufacturer: Technische Universität Dortmund

Country of origin: Germany

«It is a big pleasure for us to be invited to such a terrific event, Robots on Tour! We will have show matches against the Bit-Bots and are happy to answer your questions.»


REEM is the humanoid service robot created by PAL Robotics, can be used for several purposes. Thanks to its autonomous navigation system, its user-friendly touchscreen, and its voice and face recognition system, REEM can find its way in various surroundings and help or entertain people in most public environments. REEM can be used in a wide spectrum of public spaces as for example hotels, museums, trade shows, special events, shopping malls, airports, hospitals, care centers and many others.


Accompanied by: Francesco Ferro

University / Manufacturer: PAL Robotics

Country of origin: Spanien

Teleonomies walking the Eigenplot

Teleonomies walking the Eigenplot' is (a robotic installation -) an artistic experiment investigating the aesthetics of emergent systems. The installation features an aleatoric composition of sounds and movement that autonomously originate from the application of simple behavioral rules on a number of hovering robots . Once placed on the air table the robots almost feel the absence of gravity and their emergent behavior is reminiscent of the spontaneous evolution of structure and meaning.


Accompanied by: Oli Olsen

University / Manufacturer: Laboratory of Artificial Intelligence / University of Zurich

Country of origin: Switzerland


HERCULE is an exoskeleton designed for accompanying persons and providing assistance to carry and manipulate heavy loads, developed by the French company RB3D, CEA LIST Interactive Robotics Laboratory and ESME engineering school, under a DGA funding (RAPID). In contrast with BLEEX (also HULC) and SARCOS, it uses highly efficient electric actuators allowing the current prototype to carry a 40 kg load at 4 km/h speed with an electric autonomy of 4 hours. Only the flexion/extension joints of knee and hip are actuated. The controller principle is that actuated joints are providing torques to counteract the load weight. The high back-drivability of the actuators (CEA patents) is a key feature to have machine following the user smoothly. The back of the exoskeleton can transmit the load carried by the arms to the exoskeleton legs.


Accompanied by: Philippe Garrec

University / Manufacturer: RB3D

Country of origin: France

This list is based on our current information - subject to change reserved.


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