Catching a falling patient with robotics
Date: 3:30pm - 4:30pm PST December 3, 2014 Location: John Howard 135
John Howard 135
Ido Shoshoni ’15
Honors Thesis talk
Computer Science Major
As the world population ages, we will need new solutions for home and medical care as the number of patients dramatically outpaces the amount of service available in those sectors. Working with a Rethink Robotics Baxter research model and a microsoft Kinect, we combine work in 3d depth cameras, falling algorithms, and robotics to catch a theoretical patient with stability issues. In particular, I go into detail of the pro’s and con’s of using a general purpose, relatively low-cost robot like Baxter for the delicate problem of catching a person.