Inclusion of service robots in the daily lives of frail older users: A step-by-step definition procedure on users′ requirements

Álvaro García-Soler, David Facal, Unai Díaz-Orueta, Lucia Pigini, Lorenzo Blasi, Renxi Qiu

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Abstract

The implications for the inclusion of robots in the daily lives of frail older adults, especially in relation to these population needs, have not been extensively studied. The “Multi-Role Shadow Robotic System for Independent Living” (SRS) project has developed a remotely-controlled, semi-autonomous robotic system to be used in domestic environments. The objective of this paper is to document the iterative procedure used to identify, select and prioritize user requirements. Seventy-four requirements were identified by means of focus groups, individual interviews and scenario-based interviews. The list of user requirements, ordered according to impact, number and transnational criteria, revealed a high number of requirements related to basic and instrumental activities of daily living, cognitive and social support and monitorization, and also involving privacy, safety and adaptation issues. Analysing and understanding older users’ perceptions and needs when interacting with technological devices adds value to assistive technology and ensures that the systems address currently unmet needs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-196
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Volume74
Early online dateOct 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018

Keywords

  • Assistive technology
  • Frailty
  • Mixed methodologies
  • Service robots
  • Technology and care
  • User centred design
  • User requirements

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Ageing
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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