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Smart home environments have evolved to the point where everyday objects and devices at home can be networked to give the inhabitants new means to control them. Advances in digital electronics have enable the development of small in size and communicate in short distances sensor nodes. They are low-cost, low-power and multifunctional. The sensor nodes consist of sensing, data processing, and communication components, leverage the idea of Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) based on collaborative effort of a large number of nodes. There are a large number of reseaches dealing with WSN applications, but it is still possible to explored in WSN development and maintenance. This paper examines the possibility of integration WSN and the service robots into a smart home application. The service robots can be considered to be mobile nodes that provide additional sensorial information, improve/repair the connectivity and collect information from wireless sensor nodes. On the other hand, the WSN can be considered as an extension of the sensorial capabilities of the robots and it can provide a smart environment for the service robots.
Date of Conference: 16-17 Jan. 2013