Robot Demonstration at LACE housing
(10 may 2016)
Wednesday 18 May at LACE housing premises all residents are welcome to join us for a demonstration from the team at University of Lincoln and Ensta Paristech, Superior National School of Technical Advances.
The event will be covered by local media who may wish to speak to some tenants.
Demo of Kompai robot at LACE housing
(15 dec 2015)
Thursday 10 December at LACE housing premises was held a short demo of the Kompai robot to the residents. In addition, were performed data collection activities for the Project’s purposes.
The first step of the ENRICHME project, the collection of users requirement in the frame of a users centred approach has started
(20 may 2015)
A tool to collect opinions about the robot-related requirements of elderly individuals and both formal and informal caregivers has been developed based on literature review and the opinion of experts involved in the project. The tool, named Users’ Needs, Requirements and Abilities Questionnaire (UNRAQ), is composed of 45 questions related to different aspects of every-day life as well as ethical and legal issues. Interviews are performed in the countries involved in the ENRICHME project: France, Greece, Italy, Netherland, Poland and UK.
All subjects interviewed till now would like to have a robot at home and they would like to interact with a robot whenever it is needed. In their opinion, elderly are not ready to cope with robots at present, but they will be able in near future, as the technology becomes more popular. They believe that the robot could play an important role in weakening the sense of loneliness and improving the mood of the elderly person. However, it was also pointed out that robots are no substitute to a human caregiver. They agreed, though, that robots could encourage the elderly to improve on their contacts with friends or initiate contacts with others (calling, Skype conversations). Interestingly, there was much disagreement with the statement that the robot should detect the owner’s mood (facial expression). Many of elderly individuals and their caregivers expressed concern that the results might be biased if mood is to be assessed based on facial expression only.