Robots and Therapeutic Play: Evaluation of a Wireless Interface Device for Interaction with a Robot Playmate
Park, Hae Won
Howard, Ayanna M.
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Rehabilitation robots in home environments has the potential to dramatically improve quality of life for individuals who experience disabling circumstances due to injury or chronic health conditions. Unfortunately, although classes of robotic systems for rehabilitation exist, these devices are typically not designed for children. And since over 150 million children in the world live with a disability, this causes a unique challenge for deploying such robotics for this target demographic. To overcome this barrier, we discuss a system that uses a wearable arm glove input device to enable interaction with a robotic playmate during various play scenarios. Results from testing the system with 20 human subjects show that the system has potential, and a user specific device calibration algorithm is proposed to improve the performance of the system.