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Issues Concerning The Development Of A Mobile Platform For Health Care Applications
Author(s): Larry W. Korba; Ramiro Liscano; David Green; Nelson Durie
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Paper Abstract

There are a number of problems that must yet be overcome before robotic technology can be applied in a hospital or a home care setting. The four basic problems are: cost, safety, finding appropriate applications and developing application specific solutions. Advanced robotics technology is now costly because of the complexity associated with autonomous systems. In any application, it is most important that the safety of the individuals using or exposed to the vehicle is ensured. Often in the health care field, innovative and useful new devices require an inordinate amount of time before they are accepted. The technical and ergonomic problems associated with any application must be solved so that cost containment, safety, ease of use, and quality of life are ensured. This paper discusses these issues in relation to our own development of an autonomous vehicle for health care applications. In this advancement, a commercially available platform is being equipped with an on-board, multiprocessor computer system and a variety of sensor systems. In order to develop pertinent solutions to the technical problems, there must be a framework wherein there is a focus upon the practical issues associated with the end application.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 March 1989
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 1007, Mobile Robots III, (10 March 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.949109
Show Author Affiliations
Larry W. Korba, National Research Council of Canada (Canada)
Ramiro Liscano, National Research Council of Canada (Canada)
David Green, National Research Council of Canada (Canada)
Nelson Durie, National Research Council of Canada (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1007:
Mobile Robots III
William J. Wolfe, Editor(s)

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