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There’s a new assistant in town, meet Polaris.

Year One Demonstration

Today was a very special day in the project; it was the official day of the Year One Demonstration. That meant that most of the team was gathered to see, if the robot could fulfil the goals that were set for its first year.

Everyone have been working towards this day, to make sure that the robot, the app-interface and the map data would work together as intended. A pre-demo was held a couple of weeks earlier, with a rehearsal of the demo. This lead to some obvious points of improvement.

KUGLE version 1 on the right side, and version 2 on the left.

KUGLE version 1 on the right side, and version 2 on the left.

The demo was closely monitored in order to see what the robot saw.

The demo was closely monitored in order to see what the robot saw.

Prior to the day, the UX team at Combine had created a script for the demo, describing each step and what this step will demonstrate specifically.

Loosely retold the demonstration showed Polaris' ability to guide a user from the entrance of the MapsPeople office to an optional conference room. Similar to how it would lead a traveller from one place in an airport to another. Polaris demonstrated that it can:

  • Balance while waiting for instructions from a user.
  • Present the user with an interface, from where different POIs (from the MapsIndoors CMS) are found.
  • Pictures, text, and location of each PIO can be seen, and when a POI is chosen, the user can ask to be guided to that POI.
  • The user is then presented with an estimate of the time it will take to go there, and so the journey begins, and the user can follow Polaris to the conference room.
  • During this 'journey' the user can stop and start Polaris, and when arriving at the destination, the user is told so.
  • Also a new conference room can be added to the MapsIndoors CMS, and shortly hereafter it will appear on the Polaris interface, where it can be selected as a new destination, and a new journey can begin.
The simulation tool with a map of the lab at AAU and the robot in motion.

The simulation tool with a map of the lab at AAU and the robot in motion.

There were of course some minor issues, and among other things the robot was not moving in a normal walking speed, but the demonstration was an overall succes, and all year one goals were met.

We can now go into details about a plan for the Year 2 goals, and hopefully do an even more advanced and elaborate demonstration next year.