Fribo: A Robot for People Who Live Alone

Fribo: A Social Networking Robot for Increasing Social Connectedness Through Sharing Daily Home Activities from Living Noise Data

In the United States, there are more than 5 million youthful adults between the ages of 18-35 living alone, and that number is developing. While huge numbers of them might live alone by decision, it can also be socially isolating, in case you're into that entire being social thing. The situation is similar in numerous different countries, especially in Asia. There are a lot of robots being worked on (and even accessible) for elderly people with social isolation issues, however more youthful people are relied upon to, uh, just go outside or something. 

At the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction last month, roboticists from Korea presented a robot called Fribo, which is designed to give an approach to youthful adults who live alone to keep up everyday connections with each other. It does this by listening to what goes on in your life and the life of your friends, in as non-frightening a path as possible. 

Fribo consists of (A) illuminance sensor, (B) LCD, (C) ultrasonic sensor, (D) speaker, (E) microphone, (F) sound sensor, (G) temperature and humidity sensor, (H) Raspberry Pi 3.

Fribo operates by listening for what's called "living noise," which is the majority of the stuff in your home that makes noise besides you. The robot's voice acknowledgement is insignificant (and it doesn't record voices), so it's substantially more private than something like Alexa. It's also smarter from various perspectives, with the capacity to understand what's happening in its condition just by listening. 

Fribo can perceive noises like a vacuum cleaner engine running, a microwave turning on, a running washing machine, a fridge entryway opening or closing, noises from entrance doors or specific room doors, and the sky is the limit from there. After some time, with your assistance, it's ready to realize what new noises mean. The robot also has an ultrasonic sensor that it uses to distinguish whether you're in the room or not, alongside temperature, humidity, and surrounding light sensors. 

At the point when a Fribo in your home hears a noise that it recognizes, it sends a message to another Fribo in your companion's home, or even to an entire system of Fribos having a place with people you know. 

Fribo, at the end of the day, is not precisely a social robot: It's more similar to a social networking robot. Be that as it may, not at all like most social networks, Fribo was precisely thoroughly considered to respect your security as much as possible. Note that the message sent to your friends is anonymous—it tells them that someone is completing a thing, however not who. In the event that they're interested, they can tell Fribo by knocking on something close-by, and your Fribo will let you know precisely who responds. On the off chance that you like, you would then be able to ping them back specifically. 

On a very basic level, Fribo is expected to be a "trigger," giving prompts that support follow-up social interactions. The robot itself isn't generally an arbiter—it expects you to connect with your friends, however, it provides you with reasons to do as such. What's more, regardless of whether you don't have a craving for connecting constantly, Fribo will offer reminders that there are other people out there, which really seems like it would be somewhat comforting.

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