HCR Group believes that Human Centred Robotics offers a proving ground where
the most advanced ideas and design in intelligent systems, autonomous robots and
Human-robot interface could be tested and put into operation. In other words,
leading technology will emerge here and later transfer to many other application
areas of intelligent systems and robots such as entertainment, healthcare,
sport, rescuing and service.
The main aim of this joint project is to explore and
develop the advanced technology needed for a high performance low-cost
RoboChair which enables the elderly and disabled to gain necessary mobility
to live independently and improve their quality of life in the society. This
RoboChair should have a user-friendly man-machine interface and the ability
of avoiding collision and planning a path. It will be equipped with a new
vision system and a wireless communication system so that its carer or
relative can monitor and tele-operate it when necessary.
The project is focused on two levers of complexity: One is an intelligent control system to achieve good control stability, fast image processing capability and autonomous navigation. Another is an interactive user interface for voice control, emotion and gesture detection, as well as a 3G mobile phone for carers or relatives to monitor and communicate remotely. The project is jointly funded by the Royal Society and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
This project is jointed funded by the Royal Society, £17910, and the Chinese Academy of Science, £33,330, namely "Intelligent RoboChair: Improve Quality of Life for the Elderly and Disabled", 1/5/2004 - 30/4/2007