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 pediatric infirmary at the Portuguese Oncology Institute at Lisbon (IPOL), Portugal.
The Design work consisted in developing the outer shell of the robot from initial concepts to final CAD model, human factors studies, component packaging, and promotion material.
The MOnarCH robot was designed to have 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 the 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.