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Five And A Half Principles To Design Better Cobots

By Wolfgang Klein

Session type

Lightning Talk


Fri, 25 Oct 2019


Main stage

About this session

A new player has emerged at the intersection of artificial intelligence, mechatronics and funny dog videos: Collaborative robots, or “cobots” for short. Cobots will be alien, bodily superior and right next to us. So, how might we disperse fears, shape workflows and foster communication with them?

In this session, we will take inspiration from existing human-facing robots, digitally enabled toys and trained animal companions. Whether you’re a professional or enthusiast: This talk shows you best practices and actionable guidance around cobots.

About Wolfgang

Wolfgang Klein

Wolfgang Klein

Lead UX Designer at Star

Wolfgang is a seasoned global design consultant and researcher, with experience working for numerous Fortune 500 enterprises.

With a knack for storytelling, he enjoys inventing “weird” robotics and IoT products — which also led to multiple pending patents for robotic in-car companions in the United States.

He currently works as a Lead UX Designer for Star Design in Munich; previous employers include Publicis, Philips Design and Designit.