We are developing a mobile robotic system capable of helping the elderly maintain their health and quality of life while aging at home. The product is part mobility aid, and part personal assistant. The mobility aid portion is designed to assist the user in their daily activities (cooking, cleaning, shopping, getting to the bathroom, etc.). Unlike power wheelchairs and scooters, it is compact enough to maneuver through confined household spaces. Power wheelchairs and scooters are also passive devices that can lead to muscle atrophy and pressure wounds with long term use. Our system beneficially engages the user's core muscles during use, and avoids pressure wounds by dynamically shifting the user's body weight. The personal assistant portion leverages internet connectivity to provide telemedicine, telepresence and remote concierge services. The goal is to allow the user to maintain their independent lifestyle within their own home while ensuring they don't compromise their safety.
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