Robotic assistive device with multi-grip tools and vision system for frail elderly´s independent life
|Coordinator||Karlstads universitet - Institutionen för ingenjörsvetenskap och fysik|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 1 843 746|
|Project duration||December 2016 - April 2019|
Purpose and goal
Purpose This study aims to create an innovative service model that enables the elderly to eat independently and to improve their quality of life by visualizing nutritional intake status. Goal + The results of how much food that has taken from the plate was loaded upp in the cloud, where the overhead was minimized + Prototypes of multi-grip tools were developed and evaluated to eat food, brush the teeth and pickup objects. + Results of focus group with elderly in Sweden regarding nutritional aid as well as the study of requirements/requests from dieticians and municipalities were analyzed.
Expected results and effects
It was confirmed that the reduction of malnutrition through the knowledge of the elderly themselves and society about how much older people eat it is desirable. The ethically approved focus group with the elderly in Sweden in connection with the nutritional aid device and the requirements and wishes of the unit from the nutritionist and the municipalities gave an understanding of the effect on society or how much will it be.
Planned approach and implementation
The technical development and evaluation with algorithms for vision-system analys, the development of gripper, and system description of IoT systems progress accordingly to plan. The basic functions of the nutritional aid device wer etested and various types of algorithms for the image processing were further developed. The basic functions of vision systems to control Bestic with the spoon and multi-grip tools, such as a human user interface, were preliminary tested, Different types of algorithms for vision-based control developed.