Mar 9, 2024

New dressing robot can ‘mimic’ the actions of care workers

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Scientists have developed a new robot that can ‘mimic’ the two-handed movements of care workers as they dress an individual.

Until now, assistive dressing robots, designed to help an or a person with a disability get dressed, have been created in the laboratory as a one-armed machine, but research has shown that this can be uncomfortable for the person in care or impractical.

To tackle this problem, Dr. Jihong Zhu, a robotics researcher at the University of York’s Institute for Safe Autonomy, proposed a two-armed assistive dressing scheme, which has not been attempted in previous research, but inspired by caregivers who have demonstrated that specific actions are required to reduce discomfort and distress to the individual in their care.

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