People who have seen Tobi-P so far reacted at first with surprise, then with enthusiasm. They are smiling, some even laughing. The question then often comes up: “And what can the robot actually do now? What is it good for? What is its function?"
The simple answer to this is: to be friendly. Tobi-P's job is to put a smile on people's faces. It is neither a pet nor a toy, but it is still an excellent companion in everyday life, especially when one has to stay at home for longer periods of time.
The secret is not in Tobi-P's technology, but in its appearance. In this way, it attracts interest, detracts from worries and spreads a good mood. The perfect example for this category of robots is the fluffy Paro, used for therapeutic purposes.
factor in the design of Tobi-P is
that it should look
There should be nothing creepy
about it, an
effect (the uncanny valley) that
can occur with robots that imitate nature too
does not happen with
Tobi-P because it is still
recognizable as an
And it is
also quickly identified as a bunny:
only a few of
its multiple accessories are
to make it
Through his (googly) eyes, Tobi-P can create an emotional bond in seconds, because people automatically react to beings that look at them. They project their own emotions onto the robot, give it a character, and thus almost bring it to life.
people tend to associate technology
with coldness and functionality. Tobi-P is also technology, but one that
awakens warmth and joy and evokes positive emotions. It represents
an easy and alternative way to connect with robotics at home.