A Humanoid Robot Companion for Wheelchair Users [chapter]

Miguel Sarabia, Yiannis Demiris
2013 Lecture Notes in Computer Science  
In this paper we integrate a humanoid robot with a powered wheelchair with the aim of lowering the cognitive requirements needed for powered mobility. We propose two roles for this companion: pointing out obstacles and giving directions. We show that children enjoyed driving with the humanoid companion by their side during a field-trial in an uncontrolled environment. Moreover, we present the results of a driving experiment for adults where the companion acted as a driving aid and conclude that
more » ... participants preferred the humanoid companion to a simulated companion. Our results suggest that people will welcome a humanoid companion for their wheelchairs.
doi:10.1007/978-3-319-02675-6_43 fatcat:r5zorl22kreytni3yaz4njp6pa