Polaris is the product of an ambitious collaboration between several companies working towards a common goal: Creating the next level of indoor wayfinding through a network of autonomous robotic wayfinding assistants.
A collaboration that seeks to make the programming of robots obtainable for a wide target group. A project that is subsided with 12.9 millions DKK by Innovation Fund Denmark.
Polaris itself is a service robot, build as a self driven unit on a ball - the body is a meter and a half and the "head" is placed on top in form of a tablet. It is trough the tablet that the interaction with the users is possible. During the three year run of the project, three versions of the robot will be build. Thus the prototype will be able to demonstrate how the robot works in real life - as an example of what it can do and how.
Besides the physical robot, the team is currently working on a software platform for developing applications, which gives developers all over the world the opportunity to program and custom make Polaris for any kind of service that they might wish for it to perform - e.g. to provide wayfinding in airports or hospitals or to act as a guide in the experience industry.
Polaris is named after the Northern Star which is seen as the navigational star. This is because of its practical positioning on the celestial pole, which makes it the easiest star to use for navigation. This aligns perfectly with our vision to create an easy-to-use navigational guide. Furthermore the name Polaris symbolizes the product of Scandinavia as well as the design of the robot.
The team behind Polaris is a competent mix of specialists in UX-Design, Industrial Design, Graphic Design, Robotic Engineering, Software Development, Project Management and Business Development.
The project is a three year collaboration between: Combine, MapsPeople, Det Gode Firma, The Danish Technological Institute and the University of Aalborg.