DUAL ARM ROBOT GRIPPERS’ TEACH-IN AND CONTROL ARCHITECTURE FOR HANDLING OF SMALL OBJECTS WITH COMPLEX SHAPES TOWARDS ELDER CARE SERVICES
Actual demographic projections are raising concerns about aging population and governments’ abilities to deliver adequate care services. Introducing service robots for assisting elder care activities is an envisaged solution. First part highlights Romanian demographic projections and population acceptance of robots for care activities compared to EU. Second part presents authors vision for introducing robots in elder care facilities and the conceptual framework towards development of elder care services based on high level of intuitiveness. In third part an experimental glove type device for controlling robot grippers, its interface with robot and brief control logic are presented. An experimental application where developed device was employed is detailed in fourth part and in last part conclusions and further research directions are presented.Key words: teach-in device, rapid prototyping, industrial robot, tele-control.
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