An AmI Environment Implementation: Embedding TurtleBot into a novel Robotic Service Wall

Conference: ROBOTIK 2012 - 7th German Conference on Robotics
05/21/2012 - 05/22/2012 at Munich, Germany

Proceedings: ROBOTIK 2012

Pages: 6Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Georgoulas, C.; Linner, T.; Kasatkin, A.; Bock, T. (TU München, Germany)

Daily living becomes an important quality factor especially in the ageing society. Elderly people are facing limitations in most of their daily living activities. Novel approaches need to be followed when trying to service the ageing society needs. Various research fields deal with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), fusing different technologies, to enable mechanisms that could efficiently assist, by enhancing the everyday living quality in the ageing society. In this paper, the implementation of a novel Robotic Service Wall supporting ADLs is proposed. The proposed system follows a modular approach, whereas all system elements provide plug-n-play characteristics. Such an approach enables an efficient system, which can be arranged in various configurations, and can be easily installed in any residence without requiring specific space dimensions. An Ambient Intelligence (AmI) enviromuent is proposed, by interfacing a TurtleBot with the robotic service wall. TurtleBot is utilized as an assistant to the user, controlled by the use of voice commands. The various elements and actuators of the robotic service wall are controlled using a human-machine communication scheme. The user provides the necessary commands to TurtleBot, which then controls the actuators and sensors of the robotic service wall. A variety of services can be addressed by the proposed system, contributing to a higher level of quality in ADLs. Keywords: Robotic Service Wall, AmI, Autonomous vehicle, Ageing Society