Romeo is a project endorsed by the cluster Cap Digital and financed by the Ile-de-France, the Directorate General of Competitiveness, Industry and Services (DGCIS) and the City of Paris. With a budget of € 10m, it is subsidized to the tune of € 4.9 million.It aims to develop a humanoid robot designed to become a true wizard of persons with diminished autonomy.
For this he must be able to speak to everyday objects (open and close a door ,handle a glass bottle).
But it will also help a person to move home and help him even if dropped.
Beyond their physical capabilities, Romeo must provide human-machine interface accessible to the greatest number: the voice and gestures must be the primary means of communication with the robot will be able to understand what he said, maintain a short dialogue and even perceive the intentions and emotions of its interlocutor to infer the actions that must be implemented.
A first prototype humanoid robot whose size should be between 1.20 m and 1.50 m will be developed before the end of 2010 and a second will be delivered a few months before the end of the project in fall 2011, evaluation with users experiencing loss of autonomy among selected patients at the Institute of Vision. Based on the findings of this evaluation, Aldebaran plans to develop a product that could be available in 2015.