This companion robot focuses on plant care. By incorporating plant life you can see your robot grow every day. You can feed him and watch him interact with the environment. These qualities promote a connection between you and the robot giving you the feel of a real pet.
Beyond plant care, SPROUT is a fully functional Smart Assistant. It can communicate with other Bluetooth devices, help you throughout your day, answer questions, ect...
The importance of companions
Companionship is a basic human need. It encourages mental stimulation and increases a person’s sense of purpose.
How can a robot become a companion?
Exploring concepts that would allow a robot to feel more like a companion rather than an assistant, lead me to the incorporation of plants.
The value of plants
Not only do plants add health benefits, but they also give the robot living qualities. You can now see the robot grow and can tell when it is thirsty.