3D-printed Mobile Assistance Platform (MAP) for rehabilitative robotics




Wineman, Eric

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While assistive robotics is not new, research into the category of an assistive walker has been narrow. This research is to conceptualize and prototype a Mobile Assistance Platform for the rehabilitation and daily use of the elderly. Research was conducted via a comparison with current assistive walker options and expanded upon current assistive options by transforming a standard walker into an intelligent assistive robotics platform. The platform was constructed using many open source options to decrease the cost of the platform and allow for a high degree of flexibility for potential future developers. 3D-Printing was also utilized to allow for a quick construction of a semi-functional prototype by circumventing traditional design methods and constraints. Primarily, this robotic platform improves on past designs by providing a framework for multi-node communication and multi-system control by integrating the Robot Operating System (ROS) as the primary software interface. ROS improves on past robotic design by interfacing across multiple platforms like Arduino and Android; this greatly broadens the scope of options that designers have to eliminate issues relating to supporting elderly with assistive robotics.


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Assistive walker, Robot, Robot operating system (ROS)



Electrical and Computer Engineering