On the 8th of January XPRIZE announced that the i-Botics team has officially qualified for participation in the ANA Avatar XPRIZE. The ANA Avatar XPRIZE is a four year competition to develop a robotic system that will deploy the presence of a human to a remote location in real time, leading to a more connected world.
The i-Botics XPRIZE consortium is comprised of the ETH’s Robotics Systems Lab (Switzerland), Halodi (Norway), Haption (France), SENSIKS (the Netherlands), TNO (the Netherlands) and the University of Twente (The Netherlands). Within i-Botics and the XPRIZE competition the University of Twente is represented by the research groups of the Human Centered Robotics programme.
To qualify for the ANA Avatar XPRIZE, all teams outlined their proposed solution. Each submitted qualification contains information o the team’s expertise, capabilities and plan for the functional avatar and the control station. Based on these plans, i-Botics is continuing to the next round as one of 7 qualified other teams. At the semi-finals in Summer 2021, all teams will demonstrate their functional systems. Finals will be held in Spring 2022.