Network Distributed Multi-Functional Robotic System Supporting the Elderly and Disabled People

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Abstract

We have been developing a network distributed Human-Assistance Robotic System in order to improve care cost and the QoL (Quality of Life) of the elderly people in the population-aging society. We developed multi-functional robotic system and implemented several CORBA application servers to provide some basic services to aid the aged or disabled. A novel method of localization of mobile robot with a camera and RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology is proposed as it is inexpensive, flexible and easy to use in practical environment. A video/audio conference system is also developed to improve the interaction among the users, switch robot manipulating privilege with the help of a centralized user management server, and enable a web-user to get a better understanding of what is going on in the local environment. Considering multi-type user of the developed, we have implemented multiple HRIs (Human Robot Interfaces) that enable different user to control robot systems easily.

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