Me and Nao robot were invited in Taitaja2018 event to lead some physical exercises for the visitors in the international Skills for the Future seminar as well as on the Lumate stand. The purpose was to run a short exercise session in between the speakers on the seminar, and also several pop up exercise sessions on the fair stand. Because we know that physical exercise is good for each of us. And because social robots can be efficient motivators and provide a totally new experience for exercising. At least if they happen to have a good day.
Nao’s mood was changing during the day – the first thing that it did in the morning was doing nothing. It was totally frozen. We had advertised the robot-assisted exercises and there were plenty of people gathered around Nao and me. Let’s start then.. and then nothing happened! One needs a lot of humour when working with robots. Reboot took 5 minutes and all people had disappeared by then..
Luckily it got into much better mood after the lunch and worked perfectly on the Skills for the Future seminar, which had more than 100 participants from all over the world. The participants were very excited about Nao and enjoyed the short robotic moment consisting of dialogue and exercise with Nao and it’s leader (=Aino). It was just great to see so many happy faces in audience and people really participating the exercises. Ideally, humans and robots can form great workpairs and co-operate smoothly! Later on, Nao also worked on the Lumate stand…
Summa summarum, it was a great experience, and this concept can still be developed further (and we will) 🙂
Cheers, Aino A. & Nao