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Project RAIL

Robotic Aid to Independent Living

Short description

Bild des RAIL Prototypen
The picture shows the prototype of RAIL-Systems

The aim of the project is to test, to improve and to further develop the robot-based eating aid HANDY 1 with respect to the steering electronics and software. Furthermore, internal sensors are inserted to guarantee precise moving behaviour of the robot arm. Additionally to the use as an eating and drinking aid, the further possible applications of the robot are investigated by a user-needs analysis and new developments of end-effectors, e.g. aids for washing, shaving or teeth cleaning.

Project partners

Publications

  • Gunnar Bolmsjö, Mike Topping, Helmut Heck, Per Hedenborn, Magnus Olsson:
    RAIL - Project status and technical developments.
    Proceedings of the 4th European Conference for the Advancement of Assistive Technology,
    Thessaloniki, Greece, 29.09.-02.10.1997;
    In: G. Anogianakis, C. Bühler, M. Soede (Eds.):
    Advancement of Assistive Technology.
    Amsterdam Berlin Oxford Tokyo Washington/DC: IOS Press, 1997;
    ISBN 90-5199-361-7; pp. 24-28
  • H. Heck, Ch. Bühler, P. Hedenborn, G. Bolmsjö, M. Topping:
    User Requirements Analysis and Technical Development of a Robotic Aid to Independent Living (RAIL).
    4th European Conference on Engineering and Medicine, Warsaw, Poland, 25-28 May 1997, pp. 252-254
  • Helmut Heck:
    User Requirements for a Personal Assistive Robot.
    Proceedings of the 1st MobiNet Symposium on Mobile Robotics Technology for Health Care Services,
    Athens, 15-16 May 1997, pp. 121-124
  • Mike Topping, Helmut Heck, Gunnar Bolmsjö:
    An overview of the BIOMED 2 RAIL (Robotic Aid to Independent Living) project.
    Proceedings of the International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics ICORR'97,
    Bath, England, 14-15 April 1997, pp. 23-26
  • H. Heck, Ch. Bühler, P. Hedenborn, G. Bolmsjö, M. Topping:
    User Requirements Analysis and Technical Development of a Robotic Aid to Independent Living (RAIL).
    4th European Conference on Engineering and Medicine,
    Warsaw, Poland, 25-28 May 1997, pp. 252-254
  • Gunnar Bolmsjö, Mike Topping, Helmut Heck, Per Hedenborn, Magnus Olsson:
    RAIL - Project status and technical developments.
    Proceedings of the 4th European Conference for the Advancement of Assistive Technology,
    Thessaloniki, Greece, 29.09.-02.10.1997;
    In: G. Anogianakis, C. Bühler, M. Soede (Eds.): Advancement of Assistive Technology.
    Amsterdam Berlin Oxford Tokyo Washington/DC: IOS Press, 1997; ISBN 90-5199-361-7; pp. 24-28
  • H. Heck, Ch. Bühler, M. Topping, G. Bolmsjö:
    Development of a Robotic Aid for ADL Tasks.
    Proceedings of the 6th European Congress on Research in Rehabilitation ECRR'98,
    Berlin, 31.5.- 4.6.1998; pp. 523-524
  • Mike Topping, Helmut Heck, Gunnar Bolmsjö, David Weightman:
    The Development of R.A.I.L. (Robotic Aid to Independent Living).
    3rd TIDE Congress "Improving the Quality of Life for European Citizen",
    Helsinki, Finland, 23.-25.06.1998;
    In: I.P. Porrero, E. Ballabio (Eds.): Improving the Quality of Life for European Citizen.
    Amsterdam Berlin Oxford Tokyo Washington/DC: IOS Press, 1998;
    ISBN 90-5199-406-0; pp. 217-223

Project data

Duration: 7/1996 - 6/1998

Funding: co-funded by the European Commission within the  BIOMED-2 programme

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Last Updated at Tuesday, 16 July 2013