This paper describes the design of an autonomous assistant mobile robot prototype. The robot helps post-stroke patients during their rehabilitation by encouraging, reminding, supervising and informing.
In post-stroke rehabilitation, the speed of recovery of motor disability greatly depends on the patient's amount of exercise and use of the stroke-affected limb. However, there are often not sufficient resources available since the patients need to be supervised by trained professionals.
The robot is equipped with a laser, camera and sonars and is able to monitor the patients arm with a wearable IMU that registers the transmits motion data. Our experiments show that post-stroke patients are positive to this approach and that a more animated robot behavior is perceived as more nice and encouraging.