The MOnarCH project focus is on social robotics using networked heterogeneous robots and sensors to interact with children, staff, and visitors, engaging in edutainment activities in the paediatric infirmary at the Portuguese Oncology Institute at Lisbon (IPOL), Portugal.
My work consisted in developing the outer shell of the robot from initial concepts to final CAD model, taking into account human factors, component packaging, production within budget and aesthetics.
The MOnarCH robot has a non threatening overall stance, arms placed in a peaceful resting position, expecting feedback from humans. It has an upward face to maximize view angles and to reinforce feedback expectation feeling. The touch screen is placed at the maximum possible height for insertion on the body, and still be reachable and viewable by adults and kids.