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Modular Robotics for Novel Tools in Dementia Treatment

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6 Author(s)
H. H. Lund ; Maersk Institute, University of Southern Denmark, 5230 Odense M, Denmark (e-mail: hhl@mip.sdu.dk) ; P. Marti ; A. Derakhshan ; R. Beck
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We used inspiration from modular robotics to create novel tools for dementia treatment based on activity analyses together with therapists and elderly in an Italian home care. This paper presents the technological development of such tools. In general, the tools are becoming part of a "multi-sensory room", i.e. a space augmented by innovative technologies, that can be configured for different therapeutic activities and needs and that leverages sensory stimulation. The development of the tools is inspired by modular robotics in order to allow for space re-configurability and adaptivity, which should support customized therapeutic interventions, and hopefully involve dementia affected users in the interaction with the solutions

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ROMAN 2006 - The 15th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication

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6-8 Sept. 2006