Moxi Prototype from Diligent Robotics Starts Helping Out in Hospitals

Publication Title
IEEE Spectrum
Publication/Creation Date
September 18 2018
Evan Ackerman (creator)
Diligent Robotics (contributor)
Andrea Thomaz (contributor)
Vivian Chu (contributor)
Agata Rozga (contributor)
University Of Texas At Austin (contributor)
Socially Intelligent Machines Lab (contributor)
Persuasive Intent
Earlier this year, Diligent Robotics introduced a mobile manipulator called Poli, designed to take over non-care related, boring logistical tasks from overworked healthcare professionals who really should be doing better things with their time. Specifically, Diligent wants to automate things like bringing supplies from a central storage area to patient rooms, which sounds like it should be easy, but is actually very difficult. Autonomous mobile manipulation in semi-structured environments is hard at the best of times, and things get even harder in places like hospitals that are full of busy humans rushing around trying to save the lives of other humans.

Moxi consists of a Freight mobile base from Fetch Robotics, a Jaco arm from Kinova Robotics, and an adaptive gripper from Robotiq.
HCI Platform
Relation to Body

Related Collections
Humanoid Robots (2017-2023)
Date archived
September 21 2018
Last edited
August 2 2021
How to cite this entry
Evan Ackerman. (September 18 2018). "Moxi Prototype from Diligent Robotics Starts Helping Out in Hospitals". IEEE Spectrum. IEEE Spectrum. Fabric of Digital Life.