Sensory stimulation for human guidance in robot walkers: A comparison between haptic and acoustic solutions

Moro, Federico and De angeli, Antonella and Fontanelli, Daniele and Passerone, Roberto and Prattichizzo, Domenico and Rizzon, Luca and Scheggi, Stefano and Targher, Stefano and Palopoli, Luigi (2016) Sensory stimulation for human guidance in robot walkers: A comparison between haptic and acoustic solutions. In: 2016 IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2), 12-15 September 2016, Trento, Italy.

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Abstract

We compare two different solutions to guide an older adult along a safe path using a robotic walking assistant (the c-Walker). The two solutions are based on tactile or acoustic stimuli, respectively, and suggest a direction of motion that the user is supposed to take on her own will. We describe the technological basis for the hardware components, and show specialised path following algorithms for each of the two solutions. The paper reports an extensive user validation activity, with a quantitative and qualitative analysis.

Keywords:Direction of motion, Hardware components, Human guidance, nocv2, Older adults, Path-following algorithm, Quantitative and qualitative analysis, Sensory stimulation, Walking aids
Subjects:G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G400 Computer Science
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
ID Code:25463
Deposited On:05 May 2017 08:46

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