Frailty Care Robot for Elderly and its Application for Physical and Psychological Support
Yoichi Yamazaki*1,, Masayuki Ishii*2, Takahiro Ito*3, and Takuya Hashimoto*4
*1Department of Home Electronics, Faculty of Creative Engineering, Kanagawa Institute of Technology
1030 Shomo-Ogino, Atsugi, Kanagawa 243-0292, Japan
*2OKUBO GEAR Co., Ltd.
3030 Kamiechi, Atsugi, Kanagawa 243-0801, Japan
*3CMK Products Corporation
1-1-11 Tanashioda, Chuo, Sagamihara, Kanagawa 252-0245, Japan
*4Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tokyo University of Science
6-3-1 Niijuku, Katsushika, Tokyo 125-8585, Japan
To achieve continuous frail care in the daily lives of the elderly, we propose AHOBO, a frail care robot for the elderly at home. Two types of support systems by AHOBO were implemented to support the elderly in both physical health and psychological aspects. For physical health frailty care, we focused on blood pressure and developed a support system for blood pressure measurement with AHOBO. For psychological frailty care, we implemented reminiscent coloring with the AHOBO as a recreational activity with the robot. The usability of the system was evaluated based on the assumption of continuous use in daily life. For the support system in blood pressure measurement, we performed a qualitative evaluation using a questionnaire for 16 subjects, including elderly people under blood pressure measurement by the system. The results confirmed that the proposed robot does not affect the blood pressure readings and is acceptable in terms of ease of use based on subjective evaluation. For the reminiscent coloring interaction, subjective evaluation was conducted on two elderly people under the verbal fluency task, and it has been confirmed that the interaction can be used continuously in daily life. The widespread use of the proposed robot as an interface for AI that supports daily life will lead to a society in which AI robots support people from the cradle to the grave.
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