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JRM Vol.25 No.6 pp. 992-999
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2013.p0992
(2013)

Paper:

Development of Transfer Assist Robot Based on the User Needs

Mio Nakamura*,***, YoheiKume**, Jun Suzurikawa*,
Shohei Tsukada**, Hideo Kawakami**, Kaoru Inoue***,
and Takenobu Inoue*

*Research Institute of National Rehabilitation Center for Persons with Disabilities, 4-1 Namiki, Tokorozawa-city, Saitama, Japan

**Panasonic Corporation, 2-7 Matsuba-cho, Kadoma-city, Osaka, Japan

***Graduate School of Human Health Science, Tokyo Metropolitan University, 7-2-10 Higashiogu, Arakawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Received:
May 10, 2013
Accepted:
November 3, 2013
Published:
December 20, 2013
Keywords:
user needs, transfer assist robot, persons with disabilities, robot technology, independence support
Abstract

To develop technology based on the need for a Roboticbed® by the elderly and those with disabilities, this study extracts user needs and problems based on feasibility testing. This study makes it clear that those with severe disabilities want the Roboticbed® to support their independence in moving between bed and wheelchair and back. We propose a lifestyle for users and caregivers using the present version of the Roboticbed® based on experiments and extracted problems based on user needs. These results indicate that evaluation based on user needs is useful for specifying a design guide for user needs.

Cite this article as:
M. Nakamura, YoheiKume, J. Suzurikawa, <. Tsukada, H. Kawakami, K. Inoue, and <. Inoue, “Development of Transfer Assist Robot Based on the User Needs,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.25, No.6, pp. 992-999, 2013.
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