TeleMedicine & Robotics
We developed a robotic concept to care for the elderly in their own homes.
Our application relates to Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) and contains many novel elements of interfaces and interaction.
We developed an architecture called Life Style and Health Management System (LHMS) using mobile platforms and deployed
this in the context of home-based care. Our platform combines low-cost computing with wearable sensors, bi-directional
visual communication, services and applications and effectors that can be instructed to carry out certain task in the
patient’s own environment. The later of these technologies introduce simple, special purpose robots in the home to help
them lead a normal life. These robots incorporate autonomous behavior, local intelligence and human-centered interaction,
such as facial information processing and Ambient Facial Interfaces.
Ambient Facial Interfaces
Ambient Facial Interfaces (AFIs) provide visual feedback and confirmation to the user
in a manner independent from age-, language-, culture- and mental alertness. AFIs use photo-realistic animated
faces or photographic humans to display emotional facial expressions, non-verbal feedback, and body language most
reliably recognizable by a person. These digital faces are controlled by the output parameters of physical measurements
or data derived from the state of the user or the products and objects he or she is interacting with. The output of an
AFI system combines these measurements into a single facial expression that is displayed to the user, thereby allowing
them to evaluate overall “quality” at at-a-glance.
Remote-controlled Robotic Film Camera
See PanoCAST / Gallery for more details.
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