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.
GARDIAN 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.
Care robot Guardian in the spotlight on Swiss television station RTS
Jessica Rochat is a specialist in human-machine interaction and works at Geneva University Hospitals (HUG). The Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS) interviewed her on August 18, 2020. Jessica: ‘It’s still not common for people to interact with a robot. That’s why it’s very important that we assess the needs of the end users: older people living at home.’
Guardian: Enhancing the autonomy of older people – respecting privacy
Guardian is a three-year project that started on the 25th of February, 2020. Coordinator Dr. Henk Herman Nap and researcher Dirk Lukkien from Vilans (www.vilans.org), share an update and discuss the role of responsible innovation. ‘We will innovate responsibly. Therefore it is essential to reflect and be constantly aware of the choices we make in the development process.’