Robotic assistive device with multi-grip tools and vision system for frail elderly´s independent life

Reference number 2016-04604
Coordinator Karlstads universitet - Institutionen för ingenjörsvetenskap och fysik
Funding from Vinnova SEK 1 843 746
Project duration December 2016 - April 2019
Status Ongoing

Purpose and goal

The aim of the project is to decrease the undernutrition amongst frail elderly by collecting data and thus writing reports on food intake. We would also like to draw attention to the provided social systems that support elderly with eating difficulties. With greater knowledge, we hope that the elder, their relatives and society can provide the accurate assistance needed to prevent undernourishment. The project also aims to increase the independence among individuals with little or no ability in their arms by broadening the area of use of an eating aid.

Expected results and effects

This project should bring forth sufficient aids that help decrease undernutrition and increase independence for frail elderly and individuals with disabilities. Japan and Sweden share a positive view on technology and the challenge of an aging population. However, there are also many differences between the countries, such as customs regarding the meal, how we present food on the plate and of course, cutlery. With an interdisciplinary and transboundary collaboration, we want to develop products that are worth using.

Planned approach and implementation

The project will be based on user-centered and challenge-driven development. We will start by letting users test our current product in both Japan and Sweden, collecting data regarding the entire meal. Based off what we learn in these tests, we will develop suitable prototypes.

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