Many thanks to everyone who took time to share their opinion! We sent the survey to about 2000 persons and received 124 responses, which is very good for surveys of this sort.
We appreciated the open comment left by many. We contacted some of you already and will contact more in the future. Comments were always really constructive and insightful of the perception of robotics in general and Poppy in particular.
We now have close this survey and we report results and our conclusion below.
This first question confirms our perception that Poppy is still widely seen as a humanoid robot, whereas we are pushing to make it a robotic community.
We have been really happy to see a diversity of interest and background within the survey’s participants.
We noticed that the question of naming the community is a challenging one. No clear position emerges from the survey.
This question confirms the first one, in that Poppy is perceived as a robot in itself. This is totally fine as the value and identity of our robots emerged from various interactions with the public. Yet, we note that the name Poppy Humanoid is quite well accepted. This question reflects the results of the above one.
Finally, for the Ergo Jr, we noticed the inverse tendency, in that calling it Ergo Jr alone was better perceived than when preceded with the name Poppy. Yet both being still close in the poll.
Those results confirm our initial feeling about the perception of the project, but yet does not give a clear tendency.
After many more discussions, and thanks to the constructive open comments you have made, we think it is best to pursue with ‘Poppy’ as the name of the robotic community. In some cases ‘Poppy’ will still be used to denominate the historical Humanoid robot that initiated the project. This is all fine and the project identity will grow with time as more robots emerge from the project.
Finally, robots should now be called using a distinctive name, for example ‘Ergo Jr’ is the name of the small 6 degree-of-freedom robotic arm. Calling it ‘Poppy Ergo Jr’ is fine too, but the robot’s name is ‘Ergo Jr’ and ‘Poppy’ is the project it comes from. Same thing for the Humanoid, the Torso, and all the fantastic creatures you will build!