An Alternative Approach for Developing Socially Assistive Robots
Jayawardena, Chandimal; Kuo, I-Han; Sarrafzadeh, Hossein
Citation:Jayawardena, C., Kuo, I., and Sarrafzadeh, A. (2014). An Alternative Approach for Developing Socially Assistive Robots. IEEE/RAS-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob 2014)(Ed.), August 12-15, 2014 São Paulo, Brazil
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This paper presents the design of the socially assistive companion robotic wheelchair named RoboChair. Unlike in most current companion robotics projects, the approach of RoboChair is not to build a completely new robotic device. Instead, the focus of the RoboChair project is to convert an already useful device (i.e. wheelchair) to a socially assistive companion robot. The authors argue that there are number of advantages in this approach. The proposed robotic chair is a mobile robot that can carry a person. It is equipped with several measuring devices for measuring vital signs. The robot chair is capable of engaging users with interactive dialogs through a touch screen and by using human-robot interaction techniques. It has a scalable modular software architecture so that adding new hardware and software modules is straightforward. The software frame- work is based on Robot Operating System (ROS) open source robotic middleware.