Zealand University Hospital turned to Blue Ocean Robotics to see to what extent it would be possible to develop a new person lifting solution which advantageously could replace overhead lifts. The two parties entered into a RoBi-X partnership and started the RoBi-Design phase where a robot concept and business case were created in order to clarify whether or not it would be possible to utilize robotic technology in this specific context. Here, different factors were important to consider e.g how the physical surroundings in a hospital are structured and what kind of objects and tasks that need to be taken into consideration. At the same time, the business case was created to clarify the expected outcome, the time frame, risks and costs involved in the development process.
Throughout this process, nurses and previous patients were involved in the design of the robot with a focus on pinpointing some the challenges and procedures that would be relevant to consider. Jane Skar was one of the participants in the project who has been a patient at Zealand University Hospital: