Project Description

Robot Pol Project

SOCIAL INNOVATION PROJECT

Work area: Health

Place:  Barcelona

Year: Beginning of August 2017

Objective: Improve quality of life of children with cancer

Collaborators: Awabot / Fundació FC Barcelona

“Robot Pol” is a social innovation project that aims to offer children hospitalised with cancer the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable experience to disconnect and forget about their disease for a moment.

The project’s goal is to offer virtual encounters through a remote-controlled robot with AWABOT technology. It is controlled by the child from the hospital room through a PC with a camera and internet connexion. The robot’s two cameras – one on the top and another at the bottom – offer a complete view of the area while its seven internal microphones allow isolating the surrounding noise.

The child manages the robot and can interact with both the surroundings and the FCB first team squad through images and live sound.

The project, presented in 2017, had the initial collaboration of Fundació FC Barcelona, which gave the children in Hospital Sant Joan de Déu in Barcelona the opportunity to make a virtual visit to the FCB museum, attend a training session of the first team, meet the players or enjoy a La Liga match from the pitch.

The robot’s name is an homage to the first child who benefited from the project’s pilot test, Pol, who died some weeks after enjoying this innovative experience that allowed him to make one of his latest dreams come true: to visit Camp Nou and Barça Museum.