Autonomous Mobile Robot Carrying Food Trays to the Aged and Disabled – Robot Technology and Results of the Field Evaluation Test –
Tsugito Maruyama* and Muneshige Yamazaki**
*Peripheral Laboratories, Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. 4-1-1 Kamikodanaka, Nakahara-ku, Kawasaki, Kanagawa 211-8588, Japan
**Yaskawa Electric Corporation, 5-9-10 Tohkohdai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 300-2635, Japan
A food-carrying robot developed for the aged and disabled consisted of 6 basic components, i.e., a compact light-weight manipulator, a moving mechanism, an environmental perception unit, an information display, a navigator, and a remote supervisory controller. Practical evaluation tests at medical and welfare facilities showed that targets for safety, autonomy, and human friendliness were achieved. Such a robot will help to resolve shortages in health-care workers and improve overall care quality.
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