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A Zynq-Based Robotic System for Treatment of Contagious Diseases in Hospital Isolated Environment

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Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Applied Electronics Laboratory, University of Patras, 26504 Patras, Greece
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Industrial Systems Institute (ISI) RC ATHENA, Patras Science Park Building, 26504 Patras, Greece
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This paper is an extended version of our paper published in 8th International Conference on Modern Circuits and Systems Technologies (MOCAST), Thessaloniki, Greece, 13–15 May 2019.
Technologies 2020, 8(2), 28; https://doi.org/10.3390/technologies8020028
Received: 24 February 2020 / Revised: 30 April 2020 / Accepted: 12 May 2020 / Published: 15 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue MOCAST 2019: Modern Circuits and Systems Technologies on Electronics)
The rapid evolution of smart assisted living operations in combination with the blooming of commercial robots calls for the use of robotic based systems. Specifically, certain circumstances such as the handling of critical, contagious virus outbreaks like the recent novel Coronavirus epidemic can be benefited by an assisting mobile robot system controlled remotely, complementing measures like the isolation of patients from medical stuff. Within this context, the robotic-based solution to be employed needs to be easy to deploy, able to manufacture with low cost, and able to operate with ease by non-trained personnel. Also, to address the needs of existing hospitals, traditional or smart ones, as well as the temporary risk management facilities in, for example, quarantined cities, ease of integration in terms of size and infrastructure requirements is a must. In this work, the design and implementation of a robotic chassis bearing an arm manipulator is presented, addressing all these needs efficiently. Special attention has been given to the ease of teleoperation with minimal need for equipment and expertise, utilizing a Leap Motion virtual reality sensor which outweighs Microsoft’s Kinect capabilities. Furthermore, a reconfigurable hardware and software integrated system has been used to control the communication, algorithm processing and motion control utilizing a Xilinx Zynq system on chip (SoC). View Full-Text
Keywords: mechatronics; virtual reality; robotics; embedded; field-programmable gate array (FPGA); system on a chip (SoC) mechatronics; virtual reality; robotics; embedded; field-programmable gate array (FPGA); system on a chip (SoC)
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Paparizos, C.; Tsafas, N.; Birbas, M. A Zynq-Based Robotic System for Treatment of Contagious Diseases in Hospital Isolated Environment. Technologies 2020, 8, 28.

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