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Stretch Robot Pitch Competition

The Stretch Robot Pitch Competition, sponsored by TechSAge RERC, in collaboration with Hello Robot and AI-CARING, is seeking innovative and creative hardware or software solutions to support individuals aging with disabilities by using the StretchTM robot. TechSAge is a collaborative grant center based at Georgia Tech, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Georgia State University dedicated to understanding the needs of, and developing supportive technologies for, people aging with long-term vision, hearing, and mobility disabilities. The 2022 Stretch Competition is being hosted at Georgia Tech, where multiple Stretch robots are on campus. Developed by Hello Robot, Stretch is an open source mobile manipulator with reaching, grasping, and sensing capabilities to support people with a wide range of tasks. AI-CARING is a collaborative research institute, that includes Georgia Tech, focused on developing the next generation of personalized collaborative Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems to support older adults and their network of care partners.

Purpose: To engage students at Georgia Tech to generate novel design concepts for Stretch that address the in-home needs of individuals aging with disabilities.

Submission Requirements:

  • 2 page proposal that highlights:
    • Need/Use Case: identify a need for individuals aging with disabilities, state how the proposed design product (software and/or hardware innovation with Stretch) addresses the need, and the expected significance/implications of the design. 
    • Methods/Approach: Design process, considerations, and how you will utilize Stretch
    • Concept: Detailed description of concept, including pictures or graphics, if applicable
  • Pitch video (< 3 minutes) that provides an overview of you proposed design concept. 
  • *See submission guidelines for full details and judging criteria 

Award:

  • First Place: $1000 cash award plus the opportunity develop and test concept in collaboration with Georgia Tech researchers in laboratory and home settings.
  • Honorable Mentions: Cash awards at $500 each.

Deadline: November 22, 2022

Eligibility: This competition is open to all currently enrolled Georgia Tech students (undergraduate and graduate). Contestants may enter submissions individually or as a team. This competition is for pitching new ideas for Stretch. We strongly discourage proposals about work that has already been done with Stretch. If you’re unsure about this, please contact us with your initial idea to confirm.

Stretch Features

  • Able to interact with people using a low mass, contact-sensitive body
  • Works in clutter with a compact footprint and a slender manipulator
  • Weighs only 51 lbs
  • Everything included: a gripper, a computer, sensors, and software
  • Ready for autonomy
    • Calibrated
    • Python interfaces and ROS integration
    • Autonomy demos in Python
    • Open source code 

For detailed Stretch specifications, please visit: https://hello-robot.com/product 

Woman using wheelchair turning around in narrow kitchen

Aging with Disability

Older adults with long-term vision, hearing, or mobility disabilities are likely to experience unique challenges with everyday activities. In addition to managing a long-term disability, they may also experience barriers in performing activities due to age-related declines in physical, sensory, and cognitive functions. Stretch holds great potential to assist people aging with disability in carrying out a wide variety of household activities.

Use Cases

Suggested scope of projects can include developing new capabilities for Stretch and improving on its existing features and interfaces. Some examples might include:

  • Programming Stretch to assist with laundry activities
  • Developing end effectors and software routines for Stretch to dust surfaces
  • Programming Stretch to automatically open kitchen cabinets and retrieve items 
  • Developing speech interfaces for grounded language instructions
Two female students who won competition accept certificate from Stretch robot

How to Submit

  • Prepare your proposal:
    • 2 page proposal that highlights need/use case, methods/approach, and concept.
    • Pitch video (< 3 minutes) that provides an overview of you proposed design concept. Can be a video or powerpoint with audio recording
  •  Email us with your proposal materials
    • techsage@gatech.edu
    • Due to potentially large file sizes, we recommend sending us a link to your materials using cloud storage (e.g., Box, Dropbox, Google drive) or YouTube.

Timeline

  • Competition Opens: 9/12/2022
  • Info Session: Monday 9/26/22 (12-1pm)
    • Marcus Nano 1117-1118 (345 Ferst Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30318)
    • Meet Stretch and the Hello Robot team. FREE PIZZA!
  • Submission Deadline: 11/22/2022
  • Winner(s) Announced: 12/10/2022
  • Time with Stretch (winning team): Spring 2023 semester

What creative ideas do you have for Stretch to support people aging with disability at home?

Man being fed by robot  robot assists with removing blanket from man in his bed

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Contact Us

Questions about the competition? Email us: techsage@gatech.edu