Early October 2021, the GUARDIAN project team gathered for a consortium meeting in Ancona. Based on the findings from the user studies with prototype #1, product improvements were discussed and prioritized. We particularly focused on three themes: (1) Personalization and social companionship, (2) Responsible Innovation, social desirability and ethical acceptability and (3) Business Modelling and IPR. The meeting resulted in a development roadmap towards prototype #2.
Whereas the meeting took three (!) days, the energy in the meetings demonstrates the determination of the team to collaboratively develop a robotic companion that truly contributes to improving quality of care and quality of life. We look forward to evaluating prototype #2 in the field!