Our societies undergo a dramatic demographic change as the number of elderly and people requiring support in their daily life is steadily increasing. On a different front, the digital revolution creates scores of technologically illiterate people, mostly middle-aged and elderly, who are excluded from a vast array of electronic services and benefits. Socially interactive robots can help families and caregivers, by physically assisting people and functioning as a companion. To lower costs for developers and increase their interest in developing robotic applications, RAPP introduces the idea of robots as platforms. RAPP will provide an open source software platform to support the creation and delivery of Robotic Applications, which, in turn, are expected to increase the versatility and utility of robots. The emphasis of this project will be on applications that will enable robots to understand and respond to the intentions and needs of people at risk of exclusion, especially the elderly.
Sigma Orionis leads the activities addressing “Dissemination” and contributes to the activities related to Exploitation.
|Theme||ICT for smart and personalised inclusion|
|Full title||Robotic Applications for Delivering Smart User Empowering Applications|
|Start date||December 1 2013|
|Unit||Emerging Technologies & Media|