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Authors: Tsai, T. C., Hsu, Y. L., Hsu, P. E. (2007-09-28); recommended: Yeh-Liang Hsu (2010-06-19).
Note: This paper is presented at the 2007 CACS International Automatic Control Conference, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan, November 2007.

Developing a telepresence robot for interpersonal communication with the elderly in a home environment


“Telepresence” is an interesting field that in-cludes virtual reality implementations with human-system interfaces, communication technologies, and robotics. This paper describes the development of a telepresence robot called TRIC (Telepresence Robot for Interpersonal Com-munication) for the purpose of interpersonal communica-tion with the elderly in a home environment. The main aim behind TRIC’s development is to allow elderly populations to remain in their home environments, while loved ones and caregivers are able to maintain a higher level of communication and monitoring than via traditional me-thods.

Keywords: Telepresence, Interpersonal communication, autonomous behaviors, robot, tele-homecare.