Development of Flexible Cowl Covered Mobile Robot in Consideration with Safety and Design Property
Yasunari Kakigi*, Kazumichi Inoue**, Masaaki Hijikata*, and Koichi Ozaki*
*Graduate School of Engineering, Utsunomiya University
7-1-2 Yoto, Utsunomiya City, Tochigi 321-8585, Japan
**National Institute of Technology, Oyama College
771 Nakakuki, Oyama City, Tochigi 323-0806, Japan
A robot working in public spaces must not frighten the surrounding people. However, this could occur if it is not evident that the robot is safe. To avoid frightening people, the robot must be designed with both safety and appearance considerations. However, few relevant design theories have been developed. In this study, a mobile robot was designed using a concept that eliminates dangerous elements from the mobile robot’s appearance. Finally, we developed a mobile robot with a flexible cowl based on safety and design property considerations.
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