Robotic Zelfactualisatie

Arie Fokkink

How can artificial intelligence support in enhancing self-actualization of limited people?

Over this one challenge

Arie Fokkink

This issue has been presented within a High-Tech Human-Touch (HTHT) minor at the UT. We started this in the first half of the 2020-2021 academic year. The ultimate goal of this project is to offer the physically handicapped a tailor-made living environment. To this end, suitable residential locations must be developed, and we are looking for ways in which robotics can play a supporting role for the self-actualization of the disabled.

Progress / Results

The first phase of this project has now been completed . Below you can see one of the presentations that has been carried out around this project. This group of students has made a working prototype of a robot that can look 'around the corner'! In the second phase, students will continue to work on this robot, by making it more robust and testing it extensively in use situations.

Experience of the client

How did you experience this project?

We have experienced this project as 'great'. We had broadened the original issue. After a few weeks, the project group found it difficult to delineate part of the theme and to carry out an in-depth look at it. As a result, I have started the project around the robot again. Three years ago that was helped a bit by Saxion students, but after that it was left.

“Three years after the first attempt, we now have a real breakthrough: a robot that Andrei Kunstenaar Fokkink can control with his eye-controlled computer. The robot can see with the camera where Andrei cannot see and transfer and retrieve text messages from people elsewhere in the room. Thanks to the multidisciplinary student group at the UT! The follow-up group is now working on making the prototype more robust and making it safe in a user context. The robot is also refurbished. The intention is to lay the foundation for the platform function of the robot, on which various functions can be mounted for disabled people as needed. The group is also investigating in which financially feasible way such robots can be marketed. I think that open innovation will play an important role in this. ”

How will the outcome of this project be applied?

The long-term goal is that the use of this robot is a stepping stone to the development of a self-driving wheelchair. That Andrei can indicate on a map with his eye-controlled computer where he wants to go and that the wheelchair will drive there itself, avoiding obstacles along the way. If that can be done with a lawn mower, a vacuum cleaner or a Tesla, then the wheelchair should be able to do that too.

What was it like to work on this together with students from Enschede?

We work with groups of students from very different fields of study. It shows very clearly: learning processes of how to organize things, insight into what the right questions are, what the right approach is and how to use everyone in their strengths. Seeing people learn is already beautiful! It is also very nice to see that the insight into the question behind the question increases during the process and that students become very motivated.

What are the future plans for this project?

The great thing is that with the challenge coaches we also set out lines for a longer-term cooperation. That is extremely important to us as challenge providers. We have a social purpose and can invest some time and money, but that has to be balanced.