Human-robot collaboration in the kitchen of the future (hybrid living)

Robot vacuum cleaners and smart speakers are already established in many households. But how can a robot provide support in the wider living environment? The living environment is currently designed exclusively for human use. This applies to navigation routes or device operation as well as access to shelves, cupboards or drawers. So how can a robot provide support in the kitchen? The ‘Hybrid Living’ project is concerned with the development of a service robot that loads and unloads the dishwasher.

The potential support provided by a service robot is leading to a rethink of tidying and rearranging processes and to the adaptation of storage, interaction and operating concepts to humans and robots, so that people can achieve greater flexibility, independence, autonomy and comfort in their living environment thanks to a service robot. Interior furnishings equipped with sensors and actuators also support humans and robots in these processes, creating a holistic synergy field between humans, robots and the environment.

The project compares two mobile, one-armed robots. It is made ‘tangible’ how tidying and rearranging processes change in the presence of a mobile service robot, so that the kitchen becomes a ‘hybrid’ working environment. The results will be used by the industrial partners in future product developments, which will also take into account parallel scenarios in the production environment.