The first RApps are being tested with seniors and their caregivers
In the framework of the project, early robotic applications are being designed and developed by RAPP social and technical partners in collaboration with elderly people and their caregivers. These pilot RApps were selected to offer a useful initial tool to both elderly and their caregivers, to assist and relieve their daily life and to test their acceptance and viability.
The RAPP clinicians and research partners have been jointly working with the elderly from the Matia’s Bermingham Hospital located in Spain and from the Ormylia foundation located in Greece to identify the real needs of three user groups: (1) Technology illiterate people, (2) Mobility assistance and activity monitoring and (3) Mild cognitive impairment. Based on a meticulous collection of requirements and preferences, project partners defined appropriate use case scenarios that meet the needs of all three groups. Three pilot robotic applications for the NAO humanoid robot and for the ANG-med rollator, a smart walker developed by the project partners, have already being tested:
Ormylia Foundation designs robotic applications for Technology illiterate elderly and Mild cognitive impairment with the NAO robot:
As communication is very important for elderly living alone at home or in a nursing house, the robotic application (RApp) “Send Mail” allows elderly to easily send emails by pronouncing his message to the robot which will record it and attach it as a sound file on a new email. The email receiver will be able to answer back with either a sound or a written message. In the case of a written email the robot will use a “text to speech” function to read the message for the elder.
Cognitive activities for the elderly help maintain a sharp and healthy mind by enhancing attention and thus memory. They reduce the risk or delay the onset of age-related dementia. In the “Story Telling and Q&A” robotic application, NAO recites short stories to complicated article abstracts and at the end, asks a set of questions that must be answered by a “Yes” or a “No”. On the one hand, elderly will be able to repeat the same session and improve their scores or choose a new session. On the other hand, caregivers will be able to monitor the cognitive status of the elderly and possible declines according to sessions’ scores.
Matia designs robotic application dedicated to the ANG-med rollator to help hip fracture recovery:
The objective of applications dedicated to the ANG-Med rollator, is to customize the smart walker to enable its use during the rehabilitation process following a hip fracture. The smart rollator allows the elderly to perform exercises and at the same time, provides a steady stream of information to the monitoring physicians. Several sets of exercises and tasks have already been identified and implemented. The ANG-med rollator will help with Mobility Assistance and Activity Monitoring.
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