Everything was started with hundreds years ago when a small and separated garden pavilion defined as kiosk was designed and opened to visitors in order to provide beautiful sight of a palace or a garden. Since then, the concept of kiosk was transformed with the help of modern technologies such as specialized software and hardware engineered to provide information and applications for entertainment, communication, or education. These informative devices are very useful and can be located everywhere in a zoo, museum or a theme park to provide in different languages the necessary information to visitors.
A team of engineers is ready to expose the next generation of informative kiosks. This time the kiosks become mobile and integrate the functionalities of a survival guide for visitors in the jungle of zoo or anywhere is required an outdoor guide. The next generation of informative guide for visitors is called simple FROG and is part of the FP7 FROG Robot Project. The Fun Robotic Outdoor Guide (FROG) is designed to navigate on roads, grass, and cobblestone and in semi-controlled environments.
This fun robot with big eyes and design specific to a mechanical frog is engineered with the aim to replace the human tour guides at zoos and heritage sites.
The robot is able to navigate around a specific place such as a university campus, interact with people, and return to the docking station to recharge the batteries.
Depending on the robot version, it could be boosted with stereo vision and features able to be an informative source in hospitals, airports, or trade shows.
The team of engineers is far away to have a final version for FROG. Their plans include a time to study the effect of robot on humans, and the details that needs to be improved.