The guiding use case in the SMOOTH project (milestone 2) has now been successfully addressed.
Published on October 25, 2019
Images from the Nordic Council and the Nordic Council of Ministers
The SMOOTH project has been invited for a photo session for a visual project about elders and digitization for the Nordic Council of Ministers, the project is described as followed by Maud Lervik Grøttland:
There are more and more elderly people in the Nordic countries, and as digitalization takes over, a lot of elderly people feel left out or forced to keep up with the modern world. To make them adapt easier into our digital society, there are now a number of courses in IT and new technology that will make every day easier for the senior citizens – both in their homes and at the nursing homes. This project invites to show the meeting between technology and elders in the Nordic countries, and how modern technology can affect their health and life in a positive way.
The SMOOTH robot at the Ølby elderly care center in Køge
On March 27, the first prototype of the SMOOTH robot has been tested at the Ølby elderly care center in Køge. The SMOOTH robot has been designed specifically for our project. It can be built to an acceptable price, has a shape that is suitable for good human-robot interaction and is flexible due to the modules that can be added (in the video a module for transporting laundry is used).
Published on January 28, 2019
The development of the SMOOTH robot is well on the way. Last year on December 14, our robot has visited Ølby care center in Køge the first time (see the left picture below). The aim of the visit was to evaluate how the SMOOTH robot fit into the hallways at the care center. Right now, the robot is still without a shell (as seen in the CAD drawing in the right picture below). This shell is currently being produced.
Published on October 08, 2018
Important steps in the development
In this movie we show important steps in the design process of the SMOOTH robot.
Published on June the 26, 2017
Do robots make more time for care?
The SMOOTH consortium, Innovation Fund Denmark and the Danish Council of Ethics participated in a lively discussion, whether robots can make more time for care, at The People’s Meeting “Folkemødet” on Bornholm. The following topics were included in the discussion.: How far are we with the robots? Is the health care able to make use of the technological possibilities? Have robots released resources for other tasks? What are the healthcare sectors challenges for implementation of new technologies? What are requests for robots to generate more time for care?
The panel was composed of::
• Norbert Krüger, professor, The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute, The University of Southern Denmark
• Poul Jaszczak, Dr.med., member of the Danish Council of Ethics
• Troels Vilms Pedersen, programme director, Danish Technological Institute
• Svend Tabor, administration of Wellfare director, Køge municipality
• Hanne Harmsen, head of talent and InnoBooster, Innovation Fund Denmark
Moderator: Birgitte Dalgaard, journalist, The University of Sourthern Denmark
Organiser: The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute, The University of Southern Denmark, Innovation Fund Denmark and Odense University Hospital
The robot serves fluids, collect laundry and garbage and guides the elderly. Simultaneous, the robot understands symptoms of tiredness. The scientist from SDU will develop a service robot that enters the nursing home in two years.
The scientists is working on development of a new generation of welfar robots, that will inherit rutine taskes on the Danish nusing homes. The robot must serve fluids, laundry and garbage collection, guides the elderly and have a small conversation.