Caregiving simulator advances research in assistive robotics

RCareWorld: A human-centric simulated world for caregiving robots built using a stakeholder-informed design. Credit: arXiv (2022). DOI: 10.48550/arxiv.2210.10821

Caregiving robots would be transformative for people with disabilities and their caretakers, but few research groups are working in this space. A new robotic simulation platform developed by Cornell researchers may help more people enter the field.

The open-source platform RCareWorld provides a realistic simulation of home caregiving scenarios by combining: accurate avatars representing people with motor disabilities; homes with different levels of modifications for accessibility; and caregiving robots. The simulator allows users to design new robotic caregiving scenarios and program existing robots …

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