Don't be afraid! Design of a playful cleaning robot for people with dementia

Aktivitet: Foredrag og mundtlige bidragKonferenceoplæg


Robot technologies for care homes and people affected by dementia has become a popular research field. However, such technologies have not become mainstream in care homes yet, due to specific issues related to the wellbeing of their residents. For instance, although existing robot vacuum cleaners can provide meaningful support to hygiene practices in care homes, their appearance and loud noise can negatively affect residents. Building on these insights, we developed a playful alternative design. By testing our design in a care home, we have found that a robotic vacuum cleaner can be accepted by residents affected by dementia, when it has a playful appearance and movement pattern, to elicit positive
feelings and provide predictability of its actions.
Periode9. nov. 2021
BegivenhedstitelIHAW 2021: ICT for Health, Accessibility and Wellbeing
Grad af anerkendelseInternational


  • Robots
  • assistive robots
  • elderly care
  • dementia
  • care home
  • cleaning
  • Play
  • playful interaction
  • Social Robot