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    The application of robotics to a mobility aid for the elderly blind

    Lacey, Gerard and Dawson-Howe, Kenneth M. (1998) The application of robotics to a mobility aid for the elderly blind. Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 23 (4). pp. 245-252. ISSN 09218890

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    In this paper we describe a novel application of mobile robot technology to the construction of a mobility for the frail blind. The robot mobility aid discussed in this paper physically supports the person walking behind it and provides obstacle avoidance to ensure safer travel. As in all Assistive Technology projects, a clear understanding of the user's needs is vital and we summarise the main user requirements for our device. We then describe the mechanical design, the user interface, the software and hardware architectures of our robot. We describe the results of evaluations carried out by both mobility experts and users and finally we outline our plans for further development.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Mobile robot; Human robot interface; Mobility aid; Blind; elderly; Shared control;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Electronic Engineering
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Research Institutes > Hamilton Institute
    Item ID: 16910
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    Depositing User: Gerard Lacey
    Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2023 16:34
    Journal or Publication Title: Robotics and Autonomous Systems
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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