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JRM Vol.11 No.6 pp. 531-533
doi: 10.20965/jrm.1999.p0531
(1999)

Paper:

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

Received:
October 1, 1999
Accepted:
October 14, 1999
Published:
December 20, 1999
Keywords:
safety, autonomous, human friendly interface, mobile robot, manipulator, vision, navigation, voice reaction, remote supervisory control
Abstract

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.

Cite this article as:
Tsugito Maruyama and Muneshige Yamazaki, “Autonomous Mobile Robot Carrying Food Trays to the Aged and Disabled – Robot Technology and Results of the Field Evaluation Test –,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.11, No.6, pp. 531-533, 1999.
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