Eduardo: A Low Cost Assistive Robot Development Platform, Featuring a Compliant End Effector

  • Oliver SmithEmail author
  • Samuel WhiteEmail author
  • Martin Stoelen
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11650)


People with temporary or permanent disabilities often struggle to perform daily tasks, and this loss of agency can cause undue emotional distress. This paper presents “Eduardo” (Fig. 1); a low cost prototype of an assistive robot arm featuring a passive compliant element in the end effector of the arm, to simplify the control of the arm, and ensure the safety of the user during physical interaction. As a demonstration of the prototype, the arm was programmed to comb hair. The robot is envisioned as an open source platform for research into the use of compliance for assistive robots.
Fig. 1.

The Combing robot


Low cost Open source platform Active and passive compliance Assistive robot arm Robot for the physically impaired 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Computing, Electronics and MathematicsUniversity of PlymouthPlymouthUK

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