A new AAL project
Guardian - The social robot to support independent living
I’m Guardian, the social robot companion who supports home care nurses and helps seniors to maintain independence in their own homes.
Guardian sets (small) personal goals together with the senior and caregiver. He lets the senior be in control, but supports the senior when needed by monitoring the senior’s activity and providing reminders, suggestions and compliments.
Guardian has a friendly and calm personality. Guardian learns who the senior is and what matters to him/her. He loves to talk about a person’s favourite topic, the weather or to tell jokes.
Guardian senses the senior’s overall activity and health and will inform the caregiver about the person’s well-being. He is able to send a request when (extra) care is needed or when the care plan should be adjusted.
GUARDIAN is a European research project that provides an innovative approach to support caregivers by means of a social robot that:
- Provides information about the situation at home to the caregivers through human-robot dialogue and through sensing;
- Provides daily structure for the senior through reminders to eat or drink or take medicine.
Interview: Social robot Guardian: friendly companion in addition to daily care
How to ensure that the capabilities of a care robot match the needs of older people living at home? With this in mind, ConnectedCare conducted field research by interviewing informal carers, older people and professionals. ‘It is important that Guardian is an extension of guidance, not a replacement.’
Design and development of the GUARDIAN ecosystem at ALTRUIST 2021
At November 13, Giulio Amabili, researcher at National Institute of Health and Sciences on Aging (INRCA), presented a paper about the Guardian project at ALTRUIST 2021 workshop. ALTRUIST was at its first edition and counted more than 40 attendants. The aim of the workshop was pushing the synergetic contribution of Artificial Intelligence, Internet-of-Things, Robotics and Social Science to develop innovative and effective researches and technologies for the ageing society…