Project Romeo aims at developing a 140-cm long humanoid robot that will assist people who depend on others for help. Funded by the City of Paris along with DGCIS, Project Romeo is a 10 million Euros project. Led by Cap Digital, the project is subsidized up to 4.9 million Euros.
The main objective of this project is to design a robot that can serve as a personal assistant for people with autonomy or mobility problems. The robot developed under Project Romeo will be able to move naturally as well as perform simple tasks like opening and closing doors, grasping keys, bottles, etc. While helping people move around, the robot will monitor and assist them if they face accidents like falling on the ground.
By the end of the year 2010, the first Romeo robot was prototyped. Later, in 2011, the second robot prototype was developed that was used as well as tested by real users facing autonomy problems. The users were selected amongst the Vision Institute’s patients. On the basis of Project Romeo’s findings, Aldebaran aims at designing a robot that can be made available to the market by 2015.