Published at Oct 09 '18
In close cooperation with the care staff at Pieter van Foreest, and with support from the Medical Delta Living Lab Care Robots, the test provided new insights in the actual care support demand from clients, the robot performance, and about the acceptance by care recipients and health personnel.
What did ROSE do?
During the test campaign, Robot ROSE performed various tasks, such as fetching objects from the kitchen and setting the breakfast table. At the request of the clients, ROSE demonstrated picking up objects from the ground, such as medicine cups or the TV remote control. These operations were performed by tele-operation, with the robot arm under control from a remote operator.
ROSE also demonstrated autonomous navigation, moving around the corridor and living room, while automatically avoiding obstacles, a key capability for the robot to become useful within health care institutions. Finally, ROSE enabled clients to contact relatives at a distance via image and audio.
A summary of the tests performed is available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/8XgxMv5DPAI
How does ROSE work?
During operations with the robot arm, ROSE was remotely controlled by an experienced operator. The role of the remote operator will slowly decrease as the robot is becoming more autonomous..
ROSE can only perform relatively simple actions, but this will free up time for health care staff, leaving more time to spend with the client. Ultimately, ROSE will work independently, providing logistic support to the health care staff while always being ready for the client when he asks for help.
What is next?
Pieter van Foreest, HIT and the Medical Delta Living Labs intend to continue the testing with ROSE. In the mean time, Rose needs to be developed further. One important aspect is to improve the quality of the communication between robot and client. During the development process, the continued active participation and involvement of clients and the health staff is paramount.