Design and evaluation of two robotic furnishings partnering with each other and their users to enable independent living

Siddharth Verma, Phanideep Gonthina, Zachary Hawks, Dixit Nahar, Johnell O. Brooks, Ian D. Walker, Yixiao Wang, Carlos De Aguiar, Keith E. Green

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Abstract

We introduce a pair of domestic, robotic furnishings aimed at improving the ability of people to live and work independently. The robotic pair–a mobile, robot-cube and a continuum-robotic lamp– work together with their human cohabitants to perform routine tasks of daily living enumerated in the ‘CS-PFP10’ protocol used by rehabilitation therapists to evaluate the capacity for independent living. The iterative design and basic behaviors of the robot pair are considered in this paper, as are results from a formative user evaluation involving older adults and a second study involving twelve clinical staff from a rehabilitation hospital. Finally, we offer recommendations that generalize to related efforts. As robots will inevitably become part of domestic routines, reporting on this robot pair serves as a design exemplar for future development of domestic robots that enable and dignify older individuals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, 2018
EditorsNoga Minsky, Venet Osmani
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Print)9781450364508
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event12th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, PervasiveHealth 2018 - New York, United States
Duration: May 21 2018May 24 2018

Publication series

NamePervasiveHealth: Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare
ISSN (Print)2153-1633

Other

Other12th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, PervasiveHealth 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew York
Period5/21/185/24/18

Keywords

  • Acceptability
  • Design
  • Enabling Technology
  • Home-Based Lifestyle Support
  • Rehabilitation
  • Robotic Furniture
  • Usability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Health Informatics

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