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BLUE FROG ROBOTICS, developer of BUDDY, the Companion Robot, was co-founded in 2014 by former CRIIF (Robotics lab) Executive Director Rodolphe Hasselvander and Franck De Visme, Serial Entrepreneur.

The company’s mission is to design and develop robots that are accessible to everyone and make people’s lives easier and safer.

BUDDY is a revolutionary mobile companion robot that connects, protects, and interacts with each member of your family. He protects your home, offers assistance in the kitchen, entertains the family with music and videos, acts as a calendar and alarm clock and interfaces with popular smart home solutions. BUDDY is 60cm tall and weighs 5kg. His brain is an integrated android tablet. He is able to hear and speak thanks to built-in speakers and a microphone array system. He is fully mobile, with three wheels and is equipped with a variety of sensors to deliver various functionalities. These sensors include a 3D camera, ultrasound, infra-red and thermal sensors, a range-finder sensor and ground detectors. The sensors, coupled with BUDDY's mobility, means that he can autonomously travel, learn & interact with the world around him.

In addition to being a companion, BUDDY is also a modular platform that can be infinitely built upon and expanded with accessories. BUDDY is built on an open-source platform and uses Unity3D IDE as a foundation, developers across the world can easily build hardware and software for it.

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