Development of a mobile robot with an affective interface and human activity trac

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1R43LM011326-01
Agency Tracking Number: R43LM011326
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: NLM
Solicitation Number: PAR10-279
Small Business Information
15400 CALHOUN DR, STE 400, ROCKVILLE, MD, 20855-
DUNS: 161911532
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 (301) 294-4768
Business Contact
Phone: (301) 294-5221
Research Institution
Project Summary Socially assistive robots (SARs) have the potential to significantly improve overall health and quality of life for aging individuals. We propose to develop a novel SAR that provides personalized physical and cognitive assistance and motivation to elderly users to improve their overall health and well-being. The Specific Aims for Phase I are 1) to develop an affective interface for social interaction with elderly users, and 2) develop a non- contact physical activity monitoring system usinga 3D range camera. These aims provide the foundation for Phase II by demonstrating the technological feasibility of an affective interface and non-contact activity monitoring. Phase II of the project will evaluate the effectiveness of using the SAR to provide motivation for physical and cognitive exercise with elderly individuals. The potential market for this SAR is very large. It addresses a clear need for long-term personalized social assistance, for physical and cognitive exercise, which the current health care and elder care systems cannot accommodate. It has the potential to facilitate elderly individuals living independently in their own homes, to enhance their quality of life, and most importantly, to improve their overall health.

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