BUDD-E project wins digital health innovation award
Agenas awards guide-robot for the blind developed by Politecnico di Milano and Ospedale Niguarda.
Budd-e, the robot serving the blind, won the ‘Digital Health Innovation’ award.
Budd-e is a special self-driving robot that aims to guide blind people inside structured spaces such as hospitals, sports and shopping centres and museums.
Designed and developed by Politecnico di Milano researchers and tested and validated at Ospedale Niguarda, Budd-e is able to learn the routes within the hospital and accompany blind people from the entrance to the destination ward or clinic and back.
The project is proposed as a solution to improve accessibility and quality of life for blind people. It was funded by Politecnico di Milano through Polisocial Award 2021, which finances high social impact research with the 5×1000 donated to our university.
The ‘Digital Health Innovation’ initiative is organised by Agenas – National Agency for Regional Health Services, in collaboration with SICS – Italian Society for Scientific and Health Communication. Budd-e was awarded in the category ‘Project innovativeness in relation to the use of ICT – concreteness – sustainability and replicability’.