ICRA 2012 Paper Abstract


Paper WeB05.1

Stansfield, Sharon (Ithaca College), Dennis, Carole (Ithaca College), Larin, Helene (Ithaca College)

WeeBot: A Novel Method for Infant Control of a Robotic Mobility Device

Scheduled for presentation during the Regular Session "Rehabilitation Robotics" (WeB05), Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 10:30−10:45, Meeting Room 5 (Ska)

2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, May 14-18, 2012, RiverCentre, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA

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Keywords Rehabilitation Robotics, Human Performance Augmentation, Physical Human-Robot Interaction


A novel method for controlling a robotic mobility platform, the WeeBot, is presented. The WeeBot permits an infant seated on the robot to control its motion by leaning in the direction of desired movement. The WeeBot hardware and software are discussed and the results of a pilot feasibility study are presented. This study shows that after five training sessions typically developing infants ages six to nine months were able to demonstrate directed movement of the WeeBot.



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