Robotic applications will enable Healthcare Centre to customize assistive robots to answer the elderly needs
As the population is ageing, people requiring support in their daily life is increasing and eldercare is becoming one of the most important healthcare concerns. Socially interactive robots can help to confront this situation not only by physically assisting people but also functioning as a companion. The increasing sales figures of robots are pointing that we are in front of a trend break for robotics. To lower the cost for developers and to increase their interest on developing robotic applications, the RAPP introduces the idea of robots as platforms.
Also, the RAPP project is developing an open source platform where developers will be able to upload robotic applications “RApps” that will increase the versatility and utility of robots in the healthcare domain and especially for the people at risk of exclusion such as the elderly.
The robotic applications store will allow healthcare professionals to download a large range of robotic applications and highly customize their robots. On the one hand, robots will be able to perfectly assist them to perform their daily tasks and thus make their work easier. On the other hand, robotics applications will enable robots to understand and respond to the intentions and needs of people at risk of exclusion and “act” as companion for the elderly.
The RAPP project is also validating the project approach by deploying appropriate pilot cases to demonstrate the use of robots for health and motion monitoring, and for assisting technologically illiterate people or people with mild memory loss. Robotic applications have been developed and three demo cases are being tested with the NAO robot and the ANG-med robot.