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Care-O-bot - A System for Assisting Elderly or Disabled Persons in Home Environments

: Schaeffer, C.; May, T.

Bühler, C.; Knops, H. ; Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe -AAATE-:
Assistive technology on the threshold of the new millenium : AAATE 99. Fifth European Conference for the Advancement of Assistive Technology. November 1-4, 1999, Düsseldorf
Amsterdam: IOS Press, 1999 (Assistive Technology Research Series 6)
ISBN: 1-58603-001-9
European Conference for the Advancement of Assistive Technology <5, 1999, Düsseldorf>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IPA ()
Serviceroboter; Pflegedienst; Care-O-Bot; Roboter; Dienstleistung

Medical expenses are increasing drastically all over the world. More than 30% of these expenses can be related to elderly people. By the year 2030 the number of 60 year old people will have doubled. Technical aids are required allowing people to live independent and supported in their private homes as long as they wish. As a contribution to these required technological solutions a demonstrator platform for a mobile home care system - called Care-O-bot - was designed and implemented by Fraunhofer IPA, Stuttgart. The Care-O-bot is a mobile service robot which has the capability to perform fetch and carry and various other supporting tasks in home environments. Main emphasis is laid on integrating communicational and social features, like video telehone, automatic emergency calls and other interactive communication. Focus of our work performed so far is the mechanical design and realisation of the vehicle, the development of the control system architecture, the implementation and testing of navigation and motion algorithms. The integration of a sensor guided robotic arm for fetch and carry tasks is part of the next development phase.