Designing a Social Robot to Assist in Medication Sorting
Being able to sort one’s own medications is a critical self-management task for people with Parkinson’s disease. We analyzed the medication sorting task and gathered design considerations. Then we developed an autonomous robot to assist in the task. We used guidelines provided by occupational therapists to determine the level of assistance provided by the robot. Finally, an evaluation of the effectiveness of the robot with student evaluators determined that people trusted the robot to reliably assist and that people had a positive emotional experience completing the task.
KeywordsOccupational Therapist Medication Adherence Assistive Technology Autonomous Robot Social Robot
This project was in part supported by NSF grant #IIS-1316809. A special thanks to Grace Lee and Annie Saechao for their significant help in running the evaluation and analyzing the data.
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