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The ongoing development of robotics on the one hand and, on the other hand, the foreseen relative growth in number of elderly individuals suffering from dementia, raises the question of which contribution robotics could have to rationalize and maintain, or even improve the quality of care. The objective of this review was to assess the published effects and(More)
Sustaining independent living for the elderly is desirable both for the individual as well as for societies as a whole. Substantial care interventions are provided to citizens supporting their independent living. Currently, such interventions are primarily based on human care provision, but due to demographic changes the demand for such support is(More)
d Vilans, Dutch national expertise center on long term care, The Netherlands. Abstract This article describes the user-centred development of play scenarios for robot assisted play, as part of the multidisciplinary IROMEC 1 project that develops a novel robotic toy for children with special needs. The project investigates how robotic toys can become social(More)
Research shows a reduced playfulness in children with developmental disabilities. This is a barrier for participation and children's health and wellbeing. IROMEC is a purposely designed robot to support play in impaired children. The reported study evaluates short-term effects of the IROMEC robot toy supporting play in an occupational therapy intervention(More)
To gain understanding in the current status of Robotics in healthcare the European Commission issued a roadmap study into this domain. This paper reports on the main characteristics and results of this study. The study covered the wide domain of Healthcare and in this paper the domains relevant for Rehabilitation Robotics are highlighted. The study(More)
A new stream of research and development responds to changes in life expectancy across the world. It includes technologies which enhance well-being of individuals, specifically for older people. The ACCOMPANY project focuses on home companion technologies and issues surrounding technology development for assistive purposes. The project responds to some(More)
PURPOSE To obtain insight into the prevalence of the non-use of assistive technology in The Netherlands. Relationships between non-use and possible determinants were also investigated. The results of the study might lead to improvement of products and of the service delivery system for assistive technology. METHOD A study was performed into user(More)
This study was conducted to enhance insight into the functionality, usability, and efficacy of two systematically selected Electronic Mobility Aids (EMA) aimed at obstacle detection and orientation. Eight persons who are visually impaired participated in a user evaluation of the UltraCane and the Miniguide. The participants' mobility performance was(More)
BACKGROUND Assistive devices that augment arm function were already introduced during the polio era. Devices are still being developed, but a review has not been performed thus far. OBJECTIVE To create an overview and categorize assistive devices facilitating arm function in activities of daily living for people with decreased arm function. STUDY DESIGN(More)
Although powered wheelchairs provide a well established solution for severely impaired persons they do not cover all needs regarding mobility of people with impairment. In the course of the EC funded research project MOVEMENT a novel approach for a highly adaptable and modular mobility enhancement system is targeted to cover additional user needs. A system(More)