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Enhancing city life with robots
Digital Physical Insights

A concept by Zinc to envision how robots could help enhance people's everyday lives in the city

Cities are complex organisms that require flexible mobile ways of providing real time information to minimise disruption and improve navigation. We conceived a new type of mobile urban robot that could be rapidly deployed to deliver context specific information for any specific purpose

Balancing with ball bot tech

Using ball bot technology, MIU can roam different types of terrain in a perfectly balanced way. Having no large wheels, it is accessible for people to get close and interact.

Navigation with sensor tech

MIU is integrated with a large array of sensors, enabling it to navigate in a fully autonomous way, or alternatively in a semi autonomous way with a central control system.

Flexibility of the digital UI

The large interface can be used to display vital information such as alternative transport routes, temporary signage, emergency traffic lights, or real time advice from the public via social media.

Events in the city often require extra signage for both the participants and the audience.

Airports can be stressful, and the information desk can often be
the other end of the airport to where you might be at the time.

Accidents and emergencies can be highly disruptive. MIU could be rapidly deployed to provide information
to drivers on the length of disruption and alternative routes.

Some events need more than mobile apps, they need real time information
that can help people go with the flow of the moment.

There is a clear gap in the urban landscape for delivering real time mobile contextual information.