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21 March 2006 Navigation of a care and welfare robot
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Proceedings Volume 6040, ICMIT 2005: Mechatronics, MEMS, and Smart Materials; 604022 (2006)
Event: ICMIT 2005: Merchatronics, MEMS, and Smart Materials, 2005, Chongqing, China
In this paper, we propose the development of a robot that can perform nursing tasks in a hospital. In a narrow environment such as a sickroom or a hallway, the robot must be able to move freely in arbitrary directions. Therefore, the robot needs to have high controllability and the capability to make precise movements. Our robot can recognize a line by using cameras, and can be controlled in the reference directions by means of comparison with original cell map information; furthermore, it moves safely on the basis of an original center-line established permanently in the building. Correspondence between the robot and a centralized control center enables the robot's autonomous movement in the hospital. Through a navigation system using cell map information, the robot is able to perform nursing tasks smoothly by changing the camera angle.
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Toshihiro Yukawa, Osamu Hosoya, Naoki Saito, and Hideharu Okano "Navigation of a care and welfare robot", Proc. SPIE 6040, ICMIT 2005: Mechatronics, MEMS, and Smart Materials, 604022 (21 March 2006);

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