The way robot colleagues, aka co-bots, function/operate on the workfloor is not always acceptable yet for their human colleagues. They behave more like machines than team members. Trust is a very important aspect in teamwork. Research shows that trust between people develops if we can rely on the other person, if his/her behavior is logical and predictable and if he/she means the best to us.
In this talk we will show how one can improve the communication of the collaborative industrial robot to make it more legible (understandable) and predictable. We will demonstrate that this may be done with subtle, minimalistic means and adjustments, e.g. in its appearance and non-verbal behavior. This way our robot colleagues can become more human friendly.