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Technologies 2018, 6(1), 32;

Socially Assistive Robotics: Robot Exercise Trainer for Older Adults

School of Science and Technology, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Lane, Nottingham NG11 8NS, UK
This paper is an extended version of our paper published in Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA ‘17), Island of Rhodes, Greece, 21–23 June 2017.
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Received: 1 November 2017 / Revised: 6 March 2018 / Accepted: 7 March 2018 / Published: 10 March 2018
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Physical activities have tremendous benefit to older adults. A report from the World Health Organization has mentioned that lack of physical activity contributed to around 3.2 million premature deaths annually worldwide. Research also shows that regular exercise helps the older adults by improving their physical fitness, immune system, sleep and stress levels, not to mention the countless health problems it reduces such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia, obesity, joint pains, etc. The research reported in this paper is introducing a Socially Assistive Robot (SAR) that will engage, coach, assess and motivate the older adults in physical exercises that are recommended by the National Health Services (NHS) in the UK. With the rise in the population of older adults, which is expected to triple by 2050, this SAR will aim to improve the quality of life for a significant proportion of the population. To assess the proposed robot exercise trainer, user’s observational evaluation with 17 participants is conducted. Participants are generally happy with the proposed platform as a mean of encouraging them to do regular exercise correctly.
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Keywords: assistive robotics; assistive technologies, exercise trainer; older adults; activities recognition; pose matching assistive robotics; assistive technologies, exercise trainer; older adults; activities recognition; pose matching

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Lotfi, A.; Langensiepen, C.; Yahaya, S.W. Socially Assistive Robotics: Robot Exercise Trainer for Older Adults. Technologies 2018, 6, 32.

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