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Navigation of a care and welfare robot
Author(s): Toshihiro Yukawa; Osamu Hosoya; Naoki Saito; Hideharu Okano
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, we propose the development of a robot that can perform nursing tasks in a hospital. In a narrow environment such as a sickroom or a hallway, the robot must be able to move freely in arbitrary directions. Therefore, the robot needs to have high controllability and the capability to make precise movements. Our robot can recognize a line by using cameras, and can be controlled in the reference directions by means of comparison with original cell map information; furthermore, it moves safely on the basis of an original center-line established permanently in the building. Correspondence between the robot and a centralized control center enables the robot's autonomous movement in the hospital. Through a navigation system using cell map information, the robot is able to perform nursing tasks smoothly by changing the camera angle.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 March 2006
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6040, ICMIT 2005: Mechatronics, MEMS, and Smart Materials, 604022 (21 March 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.664245
Show Author Affiliations
Toshihiro Yukawa, Akita Prefectural Univ. (Japan)
Osamu Hosoya, Akita Prefectural Univ. (Japan)
Naoki Saito, Akita Prefectural Univ. (Japan)
Hideharu Okano, Akita Prefectural Univ. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6040:
ICMIT 2005: Mechatronics, MEMS, and Smart Materials
Yunlong Wei; Kil To Chong; Takayuki Takahashi; Shengping Liu; Zushu Li; Zhongwei Jiang; Jin Young Choi, Editor(s)

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