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Recommendations for the Development of a Robotic Drinking and Eating Aid - An Ethnographic Study

  • Being able to live independently and self-determined in one’s own home is a crucial factor or human dignity and preservation of self-worth. For people with severe physical impairments who cannot use their limbs for every day tasks, living in their own home is only possible with assistance from others. The inability to move arms and hands makes it hard to take care of oneself, e.g. drinking and eating independently. In this paper, we investigate how 15 participants with disabilities consume food and drinks. We report on interviews, participatory observations, and analyzed the aids they currently use. Based on our findings, we derive a set of recommendations that supports researchers and practitioners in designing future robotic drinking and eating aids for people with disabilities.

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Author:Max Pascher, Annalies Baumeister, Stefan Schneegass, Barbara Klein, Jens Gerken
Parent Title (English):Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2021 : 18th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Bari, Italy, August 30 – September 3, 2021, Proceedings, Part I
Publisher:Springer International Publishing
Place of publication:Cham
Editor:Carmelo Ardito, Rosa Lanzilotti, Alessio Malizia, Helen Petrie, Antonio Piccinno, Giuseppe Desolda, Kori Inkpen
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Date of Publication (online):2021/09/17
Year of first Publication:2021
Publishing Institution:Westfälische Hochschule Gelsenkirchen Bocholt Recklinghausen
Release Date:2021/09/17
Tag:Assisted living technologies; Human-centered computing; People with disabilities; Robot assistive drinking; Robot assistive eating
First Page:331
Last Page:351
Departments / faculties:Fachbereiche / Informatik und Kommunikation
Licence (German):License LogoEs gilt das Urheberrechtsgesetz

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