In recent years, especially in the last two decades, the worldwide healthcare community showed a high interest on rehabilitation robotic systems that can partially overtake tasks that usually are carried out by care-giving personnel. The growing interest in this field of robotics is due to the fact that in a large number of healthcare areas there is a lack of trained personnel. Parallel to this, the number of elderly and persons with disabilities is increasing every year.
Rehabilitation robotic systems are classified into two categories physical therapy and training robots and robotic aids for people with disabilities. The goal of therapy robots is to help patients recover from different forms of accidents and maladies. On the other hand, assistive robots are there mainly to support persons with disabilities in Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and professional life. Assistive robots are further classified depending on the type of target users, namely fix manipulation aids, wheelchair-mounted manipulator systems, mobile autonomous and wheelchair navigation platforms, walking assistants and cognitive aids.
Mobile manipulation with the FRIEND robot
A sample of my brainwaves taken within the FRIEND project
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