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The future of robots!

What might future human-robot interaction look like?


Elenoide is an integral part of our lab and not only looks human, but can interact authentically with people. She is 170 cm tall and can reflect human emotions and body language through her 48 degrees of freedom.
She was originally built in Japan as a likeness of a human model. Now, since 2018, she has been the subject of numerous research projects and programming work at TU Darmstadt. In the field of human-robot interaction, for example, Elenoide was part of a project to research human-robot teams and robotic assistants in companies. The research team around Prof. Stock-Homburg of TU Darmstadt and the scientists of leap in time are constantly developing it further and implementing new functionalities.

Pepper Robot


Leap in time has two Pepper robots. Pepper is a humanoid robot programmed to analyze people and their facial expressions and gestures, and to react to these emotional states accordingly. Externally, Pepper is closely related to the NAO robot. He is 1.2 meters tall and weighs 28 kg. He was developed by the French company Aldebaran Robotics. The Pepper robot is a “robot companion” and “social robot.” Leap in time develops software for the use of these robots in sales areas, behind reception desks and in the fields of education, as well as healthcare.

Zenbo Junior

The smallest robot in our team is Zenbo Junior. The home robot from the company “ASUS” is 31.5 cm tall, which was kept extremely simple and modern in its blue and white design. It consists only of a spherical lower part and a movable display as a head. The spherical base, which has two wheels built into its sides, allows it to move freely in the room through track planning. The display can show 24 different pre-installed facial expressions.
This robot is also being permanently developed further by leap in time. Zenbo Junior is mainly used in hospitals, museums, hotels, restaurants and trade fairs. Due to its design and ease of use, Zenbo Junior is often used in the context of technology-enthusiastic children or adults.

Zenbo Junior
Nao Robot


NAO was the first robot in our leap in time team. The first experiments in the field of human-robot interaction were conducted with this robot in cooperation with the TU Darmstadt in 2016. NAO is a humanoid, social robot from the French robot manufacturer Aldebaran Robotics. He is 58 cm tall and weighs 4.3 kg. He responds to human signals, can express emotions and walk. If you ask him nicely, he can also dance. NAO’s areas of application are similar to Pepper’s.

Smart Technologies

The future of work includes new ways of working. Here in the leap in time lab, there are various working worlds in which the latest technologies for the most diverse work tasks can be experienced live. Retreat corners are offered for concentrated work, meetings can take place at the smart table or in the team area. Of course, also with the support of our humanoid robots.

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