What is the ROMEO project?

Romeo is a 140 cm tall humanoid robot, designed to explore and further research into assisting elderly people and those who are losing their autonomy. Romeo is the fruit of collaboration between numerous French and European laboratories and institutions.

His size was determined so as to enable him to open doors, climb stairs and reach objects on a table.

The project
Begun in January 2009, the ROMEO project had four major goals for the development of robotics in France:

  • Constructing an open and flexible mechatronic and interactive software platform

  • Developing a personal assistant robot with surveillance functions and appropriate Man-Machine interfaces

  • Developing a robust platform for research

  • Laying the foundations for an industrial robotics ecosystem

  • The ROMEO project, split into two phases, was initiated within the framework of a Single Inter-ministry Fund (FUI) project financed by the DGCIS, the Ile-de-France region and the City of Paris under the aegis of Cap Digital.

A robot that doesn't stop growing
In just a few years, Romeo has gone from being an ambitious vision of robotic assistance to a robot known throughout the world, the first models of which were ordered by French and European laboratories.

Romeo's physical platform was entirely assembled by SoftBank Robotics. There have been two versions, as was planned during the initial drawing-up of the project, with improvements to his spinal column, design, battery and solidity.

The second phase of the project allows different groups of researchers working in collaboration with SoftBank Robotics to explore a range of solutions for providing home assistance or assistance within specialised structures.