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HOBBIT
The Mutual Care Robot
Markus Vincze
Technische Universität Wien
www.hobbit-project.eu
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The Mutual Care Robot
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Challenges when we get older
• Strong growth of population of old people
• Wish to be independent of ageing persons
• Fa...
4
Challenge
• Lack of acceptance due to:
- Stigmatisation
- Fear of something new
- General scepticism about technology
- ...
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User requirements
• Little effort of installation
• Not worn on the body
• Usability
- high specificity and sensitivity
...
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How to support older people
staying autonomous at home?
• Increase perceived safety by:
- Physical presence ...
… with:
...
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Mutual Care – Added Value
• Mutual Care Definition:
 Creation of a bi-directional helper/helpee situation
between human...
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Prototype 1
• Tests with 49 PU (HdB, FORTH and LUND)
• Users: living alone, 75+, moderate impairments
• focus on usabili...
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Lessons Learned for PT2
• Users were sceptical in the beginning, but
mostly positive by the end of the trials
• Gave exa...
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PT2 Trials starting September 2014
• 3 Weeks in
user‘s home
• Study longer
term effects of
mutual care
• Robot adapts i...
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Thank you for your attention!
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Facts of the project
• EU-funded project within the
7th Framework Programme.
• Duration planned:
11/2011 – 10/2014 (3 y...
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Hobbit - The Mutual Care Robot

  1. 1. HOBBIT The Mutual Care Robot Markus Vincze Technische Universität Wien www.hobbit-project.eu
  2. 2. 2 The Mutual Care Robot
  3. 3. 3 Challenges when we get older • Strong growth of population of old people • Wish to be independent of ageing persons • Falls and their consequences are main reason for moving to a care facility Senior citizens: At least one fall per year > 65 years …….. 30% (N=440,000) > 80 years …….. 50% (N=207,000) > 65 years > 50% of hospital visits due to falls 14.000 fractures of thigh bones per year Source: K. Hager, J. Briggs, H. Jansenberger, Statistik Austria
  4. 4. 4 Challenge • Lack of acceptance due to: - Stigmatisation - Fear of something new - General scepticism about technology - High installation effort in homes with high costs - High error rate - Low frequency of falls  not worn
  5. 5. 5 User requirements • Little effort of installation • Not worn on the body • Usability - high specificity and sensitivity → Dialogue, hand shake mode • High acceptance by users • Affordability – reasonable costs → Long term goal < 5000 Euro Sensitivity Specificity false alarm blind mobile platform → Everyday life benefit: not ‚just‘ fall detection
  6. 6. 6 How to support older people staying autonomous at home? • Increase perceived safety by: - Physical presence ... … with: - Focus on fall prevention: pick up anything from floor, find & carry objects, - Focus on fall detection - Emergency management
  7. 7. 7 Mutual Care – Added Value • Mutual Care Definition:  Creation of a bi-directional helper/helpee situation between human and robot  Socially the robot is a helper that needs help from the user … can only be implicitly tested  PT1 user trials: Mutual Care (MC) vs. Control Group (CG)
  8. 8. 8 Prototype 1 • Tests with 49 PU (HdB, FORTH and LUND) • Users: living alone, 75+, moderate impairments • focus on usability, acceptance and Mutual Care aspects and affordability • Example performed at HdB:
  9. 9. 9 Lessons Learned for PT2 • Users were sceptical in the beginning, but mostly positive by the end of the trials • Gave example how it could be useful and why – Picking up things from the floor – Alerting for emergencies – Carrying plates and coffee from kitchen to living room • MC mode incrwased perceived useability and created human – robot reciprocity • Hypothesis: MC increases self-efficacy of user (perceived self-competence to accomplish daily
  10. 10. 10 PT2 Trials starting September 2014 • 3 Weeks in user‘s home • Study longer term effects of mutual care • Robot adapts its social role – Tool-like – Butler-like – Companion-like
  11. 11. 11 Thank you for your attention!
  12. 12. 12 Facts of the project • EU-funded project within the 7th Framework Programme. • Duration planned: 11/2011 – 10/2014 (3 years ) • Cooperative Project with 6 Partners: - Lund Universität (SWE) - Metralabs GmbH (GER) - Technische Universität Wien (AT) - Akademie für Altersforschung am HB (AT) - Hella Automation GmbH (AT) - Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas (GR)

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