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A Customizable Robot to Include Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Total Cost €


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Project "HOOKIE" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Project website
 Total cost 71˙429 €
 EC max contribution 50˙000 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3.1.4. (Active ageing and self-management of health)
2. H2020-EU.2.1.1. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies - Information and Communication Technologies (ICT))
3. H2020-EU.2.3.1. (Mainstreaming SME support, especially through a dedicated instrument)
4. H2020-EU.3.1.6. (Health care provision and integrated care)
 Code Call H2020-SMEINST-1-2016-2017
 Funding Scheme SME-1
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-01-01   to  2017-05-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    DYNA TECH 2012 SCP ES (BARCELONA) coordinator 50˙000.00
2    VANPAZ BV NL (DEN HAAG) participant 0.00


 Project objective

Nowadays, more than 1% of the children below the age of 14 are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which is a group of developmental disabilities characterized by impairments in social interaction/communication. The social and financial cost of this disorder are enormous, both for the families and for the national health systems. Most of the costs are related to special education and this hinders the inclusion in the society of children with ASD, whose talent is often squandered.

Recent studies have proved that robotics can play a crucial role in this domain: robots are perceived by children with autism as being more predictable less complicated and threatening than humans. In the last few years, several robots have been launched to the market as educational and social aids; yet, no existing solution is affordable for families and provides enough flexibility to be tailored to the needs of a specific child. Hookie – the robot described in this proposal – fills exactly this niche, being customizable and affordable.

Hookie is 3D printed (and hence families can create it together with their children) and based on a standard user interface, such as a smartphone. The system is at TRL 7: two iterations of design-trials have already been performed with specialised hospitals, and the results are very encouraging. It is now time to perform the business activities around the technology. This proposal describes the objectives of a feasibility study aimed at launching Hookie in nine EU markets (four in a first phase and other five later on). Upon the successful completion of the feasibility study, we will seek additional funds via different sources (including the SME phase 2 scheme) to take the product up to TRL 9 and eventually to full commercialization.

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