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Care-Providing Robot FRIEND

Care-Providing Robot FRIEND
The care-providing robotic system FRIEND (Functional Robot arm with user-frIENdly interface for Disabled people) is a semi-autonomous robot designed to support disabled and elderly people in their daily life activities, like preparing and serving a meal, or reintegration in professional life. FRIEND make it possible for such people, e.g. patients which are paraplegic, have muscle diseases or serious paralysis, e.g. due to strokes, to perform special tasks in daily life self-determined and without help from other people like therapists or nursing staff.
The robot FRIEND is the third generation of such robots developed at the Institute of Automation (IAT) of University of Bremen within different research projects [1] [2] [3] [4]. Within the last project AMaRob, an interdisciplinary consortium, consisting of technicians, designers as well as therapists and further representatives of various interest groups, influences the development of FRIEND. Besides covering the various technical aspects, also design aspects were included as well as requirements from daily practice given by therapists, in order to develop a care-providing robot that is suitable for daily life activities. The AMaRob project was founded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research ("BMBF - Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung") within the "Leitinnovation Servicerobotik".



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