The RAPP project is developing simple, yet realistic Robotic Applications (RApps) and, to ensure that the RAPP platform meets real user needs, it is being tested by healthcare centers and researchers using pilot cases targeting: technology illiterate people, mobility assistance and activity monitoring, people with mild cognitive impairment.
The demonstrations are being performed at the premises of project partners MATIA and ORMYLIA, who have a long experience in working with people at risk of exclusion. During pilot cases, improvements on the software development in terms of time and costs and user’s acceptance will be monitored and evaluated. Pilot cases will then assess the impact of RAPP innovations, and showcase under real conditions how the RAPP paradigm can be applied.
Hip fracture recovery with the ANG robot
ANG smart rollator developed by INRIA.
ANG is currently being tested at MATIA’s centre in Spain. Working jointly with INRIA, they specified functionalities and scenarios for the ANG robot, aiming towards elders in need of mobility or rehabilitation assistance.
Patients who suffer from hip fracture and are in need of rehabilitation were proposed to try smart services using ANG instead of their classical two-wheeled walker. Frailty indicators as “slow walking speed” and “low activity” that can be monitored by ANG were selected for the test. Moreover, three scenarios have been developed to provide the best assistance aid to the patient and improving his/her rehabilitation:
- The “Correct position” scenario: responding directly to the desires of the caregiver in terms of patient monitoring and fall prevention;
- The scenario of “Static exercise”: detection of the correct position of the patient, localization of the patient, interaction of the patient with ANG and detection of potential risky situations;
- The scenario of “Dynamic exercise”: aiming to assist the patient during a walk in terms of mobility aid, monitor him/her, and improve their rehabilitation by motivating it.
NAO, an intelligent and caring companion for elderly
The NAO robot is being tested at ORMYLIA in Greece, who provided the use case requirements and described the pilot scenarios regarding the technology illiterate elders and people with mild cognitive impairment. Two scenarios have being developed to perform initial trials with the NAO robot:
- The “In-house Risk Detection” scenario: an experimentation room mimicking a home environment has been created, detecting hazards in the house like doors and windows left open and electrical devices forgotten switched on, aiming to enhance the independent living of the elderly targeting for their safety. The room is equipped with typical furniture and household appliances such as a refrigerator, microwave oven and electric kettle. QR-codes are placed in the distinctive places of the room. The density and placement of the QR-codes is linked to the geometry of the room. In the future, instead of QR-codes, models of objects obtained from the cloud will be used for the purpose of their recognition;
- The “Passing Information group of functions” scenario: applications that will be developed to assist elderly connecting with family and friends through Skype calls and emails, to follow their medication routine, to be reminded for special events or dates like family birthdays, to create their own memory ball with all those memories they like to treasure like photos, favourite songs etc. and reproduce them at any time they want, as well as to enhance their attention through cognitive games.