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Assistant Personal Robot (APR): Conception and Application of a Tele-Operated Assisted Living Robot

Department of Computer Science and Industrial Engineering, Universitat de Lleida, Jaume II, 69, 25001 Lleida, Spain
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Sensors 2016, 16(5), 610; https://doi.org/10.3390/s16050610
Received: 31 December 2015 / Revised: 22 April 2016 / Accepted: 24 April 2016 / Published: 28 April 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue State-of-the-Art Sensors Technology in Spain 2015)
This paper presents the technical description, mechanical design, electronic components, software implementation and possible applications of a tele-operated mobile robot designed as an assisted living tool. This robotic concept has been named Assistant Personal Robot (or APR for short) and has been designed as a remotely telecontrolled robotic platform built to provide social and assistive services to elderly people and those with impaired mobility. The APR features a fast high-mobility motion system adapted for tele-operation in plain indoor areas, which incorporates a high-priority collision avoidance procedure. This paper presents the mechanical architecture, electrical fundaments and software implementation required in order to develop the main functionalities of an assistive robot. The APR uses a tablet in order to implement the basic peer-to-peer videoconference and tele-operation control combined with a tactile graphic user interface. The paper also presents the development of some applications proposed in the framework of an assisted living robot. View Full-Text
Keywords: Assistant Personal Robot; telecontrol; mobile robot; peer-to-peer video; assisted living Assistant Personal Robot; telecontrol; mobile robot; peer-to-peer video; assisted living
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Clotet, E.; Martínez, D.; Moreno, J.; Tresanchez, M.; Palacín, J. Assistant Personal Robot (APR): Conception and Application of a Tele-Operated Assisted Living Robot. Sensors 2016, 16, 610.

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