A novel socially assistive robotic platform for cognitive-motor exercises for individuals with Parkinson's Disease: a participatory-design study from conception to feasibility testing with end users

Dor Raz, Shirel Barkan-Slater, Ilanit Baum-Cohen, Gal Vissel, Yeela Lahav-Raz, Amir Shapiro, Shelly Levy-Tzedek

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Abstract

The potential of socially assistive robots (SAR) to assist in rehabilitation has been demonstrated in contexts such as stroke and cardiac rehabilitation. Our objective was to design and test a platform that addresses specific cognitive-motor training needs of individuals with Parkinson’s disease (IwPD). We used the participatory design approach, and collected input from a total of 62 stakeholders (IwPD, their family members and clinicians) in interviews, brainstorming sessions and in-lab feasibility testing of the resulting prototypes. The platform we developed includes two custom-made mobile desktop robots, which engage users in concurrent cognitive and motor tasks. IwPD (n = 16) reported high levels of enjoyment when using the platform (median = 5/5) and willingness to use the platform in the long term (median = 4.5/5). We report the specifics of the hardware and software design as well as the detailed input from the stakeholders.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1267458
JournalFrontiers in Robotics and AI
Volume10
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023

Keywords

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • cognitive training
  • feasibility testing
  • motor training
  • participatory design
  • rehabilitation
  • socially assistive robots

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science Applications

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