Mobile Service Robot for Task-Oriented Stroke Therapy: User Evaluations


Phase N/A Results N/A

Trial Description

By developing an affordable mobile service robot for therapeutic activities in a health center environment, this project addresses the issue of both the high cost and man-power required to provide rehabilitation for stroke survivors and other patients. Our goal is to measure users - clinician and patient - responses to a telepresence robot, VGo, that has been modified with a humanoid torso robot, NAO, to facilitate remote communication between the patient and clinician, and to complete supervisory exercise coaching.

Detailed Description

This is a short demonstration and survey study. Clinical staff and patients will be gathered together and our idea for the mobile service robot will discussed. A demonstration of the telepresence feature of the robots and the NAO robot greeting and helping them with simple exercises will follow (e.g., pick up and object that is handy and lift their hands over their heads). The approximately 30-minute demonstration part of the study will start with an introduction and explanation about the project and a short speech about the Rehabilitation and Robotics Lab. After the demonstration the oral consent will be read and surveys will be handed out to those study participants who agree to complete them; if necessary, the research team will assist the study participant with the survey. Surveys will then be collected, and the group will be thanked by the research team.



  • Mobile Service Robot Device
    Intervention Desc: The goal is to build a low-cost mobile service robot that will focus on the simple, but key, repetitive, data-driven tasks that robots do well. Rather than attempt to create a robot helper that mimics humans, the goal is to free human caregivers from the time-consuming tasks that robots can accomplish with facility, thereby allowing humans to focus on tasks that humans do best (i.e. human contact).
    ARM 1: Kind: Experimental
    Label: Focus groups
    Description: Healthcare Professionals and subjects with or without an upper extremity disability will be asked to observe and interact with the mobile service robot.

Trial Design

  • Masking: Open Label
  • Purpose: Treatment
  • Intervention: Single Group Assignment


Type Measure Time Frame Safety Issue
Primary Perception of the interaction with the robot up to 1 week No
Primary Usability of the robot up to 1 week No
Primary Sociability with the robot up to 1 week No
Secondary Design requirements up to 1 week No